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Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:54 pm | Updated: 9:25 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

DALLAS - A Dallas man was found guilty Thursday of capital murder in the stabbing deaths of his wife and her two young sons.

A jury in Dallas County deliberated for 10 minutes before convicting Robert Sparks in the slayings of Chare Agnew, 30, and her sons Raeqwon Agnew, 10, and Harold Sublet, 9.

County officials were notified earlier Thursday that Sparks swallowed 12 antidepressant pills overnight in an apparent suicide attempt. After being treated at a hospital, he returned to the courthouse, where he was examined and pronounced competent to stand trial.

Paul Johnson, Sparks' lawyer, said there was never any doubt Sparks killed his family in 2007. Johnson said he plans to argue during a sentencing hearing Monday for life in prison instead of a death sentence.

Sparks had said in a 911 call after the murders that he killed his family and tied up his two teenage stepdaughters.

Authorities later said he raped the two girls.

When he was arrested, Sparks told officers his wife and her sons had tried to poison him.

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