Despite authorities never finding a body, a man who was arrested 12 years after a woman was disappeared was found guilty of capital murder in her slaying Thursday.
During their second day of deliberations, jurors found Derrill Richard Ennis, 41, guilty of killing Lori Ann Slesinski.
Prosecutors in Lee County have said they were attempting to impose a death penalty in the death of Slesinski, who was last seen since 2006.
Ennis was obsessed with Slesinski and killed her when she refused to be more than friends, according to prosecutors. Ennis said they had consensual sex, and Slesinski died after leaving to meet with a drug dealer.
Slesinski's mother reported her missing June 13, 2006, and her burned-out automobile was discovered the next day. Ennis left Auburn after being questioned by police and was apprehended in Virginia in 2018.
Ennis was under fire during the trial when he denied dumping Slesinski's body and claimed that he didn't know what happened to him.
Investigations discovered a rolled cigarette with Ennis' DNA near Slesinski's burned car, and the man had fresh scratches on his arms and hands when asked by cops. Cleaning supplies, a knife, and handcuffs were found in Ennis' car.
Ennis denied any wrongdoing on his arms, and said his defense suggested that someone had planted the cigarette with Ennis' DNA at the scene of the burned-out vehicle.