Jury finds man guilty of killing 87 year old woman

Daniel French accused in elderly woman's murder. (Photo/WLWT)
Daniel French accused in elderly woman's murder. (Photo/WLWT)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Jurors in southwest Ohio have found a Kentucky man guilty of killing an 87-year-old woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car.

The Butler County jury on Thursday convicted 57-year-old Daniel French of Berea, Kentucky, of aggravated murder. The same jury will begin hearing evidence Wednesday to make a recommendation as to whether French should be sentenced to death. The judge will make the ultimate decision.

Prosecutors say French cut Barbara Howe’s throat after gaining entry by posing as a maintenance worker in her Monroe retirement community in 2012. The defense insisted French had no plan to kill her.

French pleaded guilty earlier to aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and corpse abuse.

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