By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia man today was convicted of murdering a man and trying to kill the man’s wife during a burglary gone wrong in North Philadelphia.

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Victim John Paul was shot and killed when he confronted the intruders in March 2012, and his wife Sherrell was shot nearly a dozen times and left for dead. She survived.

When the shooting erupted, couple’s thirteen-year-old son called 911.  During Ali Marsh’s murder trial, jurors heard the recording of the son’s call to police, and they may never forget it.

“It was the most painful, moving, traumatic tape I had ever heard,” says Philadelphia prosecutor Jennifer Selber.  “The sound of John Paul’s son screaming and crying, and the sound of Sherrell Paul’s brave voice trying to help her children and help her husband and make it through when she had been shot so many times, was unbelievably powerful.”

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The Pauls’ extraordinary boys, ages 13 and 10, also assisted their wounded parents and then police who began arriving on the scene.

Marsh faces an automatic life sentence.  A co-defendant is awaiting trial.

 

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