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SAN ANTONIO - About five years after his mistress was convicted in the death of his wife, a man has been convicted of murder in the death for a second time.

James Guevara's 2000 murder conviction and subsequent life sentence were set aside by the 4th Court of Appeals last year because of a trial error.

On Friday, a jury found him guilty of murder in the death of Velia Acosta Guevara, whom he had married in June 1990. The punishment phase begins Monday.

He testified in the most recent trial that he had an affair that began days before he married his first wife and lasted throughout the marriage. But he denied involvement in his wife's death.

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The mistress, Minnie Bronte Salinas, became his second wife. Salinas is serving a 50-year prison sentence on her 2001 murder conviction.

By 1993, Salinas had given Guevara an ultimatum and a deadline.

"He has this affair that he's actually got as much invested in as his marriage - in many ways, more," said prosecutor Bill Pennington during closing arguments. "And he's got this deadline approaching: June 1st."

On May 26, 1993, while Guevara was out golfing, his wife was shot to death in their apartment. She was shot three times in the abdomen.

While a murder weapon was never found, Salinas later told people that she had a 9 mm handgun Guevara had lent her.

Guevara's attorney, Ronald Guyer, said, "We can be as hard as we want to, and as disapproving as we want to, about the affair. But that does not make him guilty of this offense."

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