A southeast Missouri man has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his estranged wife and her friend.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's office, which prosecuted the case, announced the verdict Tuesday against William "Joshua" Carter. The jury deliberated just 36 minutes on Friday before reaching the verdict. Sentencing is Oct. 4.

Carter was convicted of killing Heather Carter and Aaron Campbell in Kennett in June 2016. Authorities say Joshua Carter struck his estranged wife's SUV with his SUV and drove off. Heather Carter was on the phone calling 911 when Joshua Carter accelerated toward her, striking both victims.

Campbell died at the scene. Heather Carter died at a hospital.

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