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Jury finds Southworth guilty of murder

After a little less than three hours of deliberation, a Fayette County jury found Donald Southworth guilty of the murder of his wife.

Police found Umi Southworth badly beaten and under a mattress behind the Southworth's Meadowthorpe Avenue home in June of 2010. At first, police thought she was dead. Hours later the coroner discovered she was still alive. Umi Southworth was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

Police arrested Donald Southworth nearly a year after the crime, in June of 2011.

Southworth's trial began two weeks ago. The case was given to the jury around 11:45 Friday morning. The guilty verdict came back around 2:45 p.m.

The sentencing phase began moments after the verdict was read. Around 4:30 p.m. the jury recommended a sentence of life in prison.

"Justice has been served, so I can say it's very good, good feeling. Good feeling," said Umi's friend Yeppy Hartuti.

Southworth's attorneys are not pleased with the verdict. They do plan to appeal.

Southworth's formal sentencing is set for February 24th.


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