BEAUMONT - A Jefferson County jury Friday found a Port Neches man guilty of beating his roommate to death.
Christopher Robin was accused of killing Wayne Beavers in a home they shared in November 2007.
The jury took 3 hours to find him guilty, and Robin remained calm as the verdict was read.
Robin's family was not present for the reading of the verdict because they were downstairs eating lunch. A bailiff had to tell them the verdict outside the courtroom.
"We thought the jury was on lunch, and all of a sudden they come down and tell us he's found guilty... I can't believe they wouldn't wait for us for something like that," Robin's older brother Thomas told 12News.
"We're all heartbroken right now, very shocked, can't believe it," said Thomas Robin. "I'm not sure how the appeals process goes, but we're going to start checking into all that."
Sentencing is scheduled for March 24 at 8 a.m.
During testimony in the week-long trial, coroner Dr. Tommy Brown testified that Beavers' death was caused by either strangulation, a crushed chest, a fractured skull, or a combination of the three.
Robin claims he came home to find Beavers already dead.
Investigators have described the men's home as "absolutely filthy", and that as many as 10 guests would stay there at once.
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