Christine Lyons has been found guilty of murdering Bendigo mother-of-four Samantha Kelly as part of a plan to take custody of her children.
Her co-accused and cousin-in-law, Ron Lyons, was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of attempted murder, reports ABC news.
Christine Lyons’ former lover, Peter Arthur, carried out the murder, striking Ms Kelly, 39, multiple times in the head with a hammer.
Christine Lyons, Ron Lyons and Peter Arthur lived at the same Kangaroo Flat property as Ms Kelly.
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The prosecution had argued Christine Lyons was desperate to have a family of her own.
Ms Kelly was killed in January 2016 and her body was found in bushland south-west of Bendigo the following month.
The jury of seven women and five men took six days to reach its verdict.
Arthur was last year jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty to bashing Ms Kelly to death in the bungalow she lived in at the rear of the Kangaroo Flat property.
The trial for Christine Lyons and Ron Lyons was told the trio had plotted over several weeks to kill Ms Kelly, motivated by Christine Lyons’ “very powerful desire to have a family”.
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