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Southworth sentenced to life in prison for killing wife

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A judge sentenced Donald Southworth to life in prison on Friday afternoon for murdering his wife, Umi. That is the punishment jurors recommended for him in January.

"I do believe that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury's verdict. And I think there was sufficient evidence to support their recommendation of life, I will accept the recommendation," said Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell.

Jurors found Southworth guilty of badly beating his wife in June 2010. Then police say he hid her body under a mattress behind their Meadowthorpe Avenue apartment.

Officer's performing a welfare check found her hours later near death. She died at UK Hospital the following morning from blunt force trauma to the head.

Days after the verdict, attorney's for Southworth filed a motion for a new trial, sighting several factors behind their request. After two weeks of discussion and debate, Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell, rejected their arguments.

"I'm going to over rule the motion for a new trial, completely at this point,"Judge Bunnell said from the bench on Thursday.

Southworth did not speak in court during his sentencing. His attorneys say they do plan to file an appeal in the case.

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