(AP) – 19 hours ago
SARASOTA, Fla. — A jury has found a southwest Florida man guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing a 21-year-old mother of two who called 911 from his cell phone.
Michael King could face the death penalty. Jurors in Sarasota deliberated for just a few hours before finding the 38-year-old guilty. Lee was kidnapped from her home in January 2008 but investigators found no connection between her and King.
Prosecutor Lon Arend pointed to DNA evidence and a 911 call he said Lee made from King's cell phone screaming and pleading for her life.
It was one of several 911 calls about the abduction. One motorist who saw Lee struggling to escape was able to describe King's car and its location, but the call was never relayed to patrol officers.
King's attorney told the jury that his client did not kill Lee.