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Fort Worth adoption attorney convicted in forgery trial

Fort Worth attorney Kimberly Ashley-Stevens was convicted today of three felony charges related to forged documents in an adoption case.

A Tarrant County jury deliberated about three hours before convicting Ashley-Stevens of fabricating physical evidence, tampering with a government document and passing forged documents in the case of a couple who were attempting to adopt an infant.

Ashley-Stevens, 40, showed no physical emotion when the verdict was returned. However afterward, she cried quietly outside the courtroom while waiting for her punishment hearing to begin.

Prosecutors are expected to start presenting evidence of other adoption and annulment cases in which Ashley-Stevens is accused of presenting forged documents.

Ashley-Stevens faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge of fabricating physical evidence, and up to two years in prison on the charge of tampering with government records and forgery in connection with those documents.

Ashley-Stevens is being tried in state District Judge Elizabeth Berry's Criminal District Court No. 3.

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