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Man found guilty for 2009 murder of Floyd County man

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A jury found a man guilty on Friday morning of the 2009 murder of a Floyd County man.

Joseph Banis had been on trial for more than a week for the murder of 37 year old James Carroll, a former resident of Floyd County.

The jury deliberated for more than 10 hours before coming back to announce that Banis was guilty on all charges: murder, robbery, tampering with physical evidence, counterfeit money, and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Attorneys are meeting to decide whether to go ahead with sentencing now or wait until Monday

Police said Banis and his boyfriend at the time, Jeffrey Mundt, killed Carroll, then buried the body in the basement of Mundt's Old Louisville home where they both lived.

Banis faces the possibility of the death penalty during the sentencing phase.

Mundt struck a deal with the prosecution to avoid the death penalty in exchange for his testimony. He's expected to go to trial in May.


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