Guilty Verdict in Pregnant Teen Shooting

Man found guilty of first-degree murder in shooting of pregnant teen in Miramar

A jury has found a South Florida man guilty of two counts of first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a pregnant teen in Miramar.

The verdict against 20-year-old Edward Jermaine Babbs was returned after less than two hours of deliberations by the jury.

Babbs was just 17 when prosecutors say he murdered Stephanie Rabsatt and her unborn baby on Oct. 2, 2009.

Rabsatt, also 17, was 8 months pregnant when she was found shot to death in a parked car outside the Winn-Dixie at 6301 Southwest 41st Street.

Police said Rabsatt was Babbs' ex-girlfriend, and that Babbs told officers he was the baby's father.

"I just want to thank God for justice. It's not going to bring our loved ones back but we know that he's behind bars, and he won't be able to hurt anyone else's family members. We'll always be mourning but at least he's off the streets," said Karen Moore, Rabsatt's mother.

Babbs has been held without bond since his arrest a week after the murder. He could face life behind bars without parole.

"We went into this case expecting that the state didn't have enough evidence to show that he committed the offense, obviously the jury saw it differently," said defense attorney Jerome Stone.

Stone also said Babbs still maintains his innocence, and they will file an appeal.

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