A man long accused of the murder of an Arkansas Valley woman was found guilty of first degree murder late Tuesday evening.

A man long accused of the murder of an Arkansas Valley woman was found guilty of first degree murder late Tuesday evening.

William Donnell III was convicted of the 2013 murder of Tara Martinez, who was found dead in her home in Sugar City in February 2013. Donnell, Martinez's spouse, lived with her in her Olney Springs home, roughly 40 miles northwest of La Junta.

"God was with our family today," said Martinez's sister, Elissa, via Facebook following the jury verdict. "I am so happy and so emotional right now; it's all good tears. Thank you, everyone for all your prayers; meant a lot. I love my Martinez family so much and we all have have so many memories from Tara that we will never forget. Thank you, God."

She went on to say, "Tara was a wonderful person. She got her justice yesterday. To our family, that one word, hearing 'guilty,' literally felt like winning the lottery. Her son, Curtis, is in such a better place. He loved his mom dearly. We all loved her so much."

Martinez was found deceased Feb. 19, 2013, by deputies from the Crowley County Sheriff's Office after being summoned to a trailer in the 200 block of Schuyler Avenue.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents and sheriff's deputies followed up on numerous leads in the months following the death of Martinez, eventually arresting Donnell in June 2013.

Donnell fled the area following the death of Martinez and was arrested by authorities in California at the San Ysidro Port of Entry from Tijuana after attempting to re-enter the United States from Mexico.

Donnell was caught at the re-entry point in possession of marijuana. He originally lied about his identify but was identified after being fingerprinted. He was extradited to Colorado, where he was held and later charged with first degree murder.

The only suspect in the death of Martinez, prosecutors, over the last three weeks, pointed to Donnell's fleeing the area as key evidence of his guilt. Defense attorneys, meanwhile, cited a perceived lack of evidence which, aside from a shell casing found at the scene, relied almost entirely on the testimony of Martinez's close friend, Shanda Flick. Flick was one of the first people on scene following Martinez's death.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place in December in Crowley County.