KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A jury convicted 31-year-old Amos Laterriyo Southall on murder charges November 30.
Southall was convicted on charges of felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance according to a news release from Lieutenant Todd Tetterton.
According to a release, Southall was on trial for killing Michelle Hainley at the Kingsland Ramada Inn on February 26, 2008.
An autopsy performed on Hainley showed she died of blunt force trauma.
Tetterton said police began to look into Southall as the man who killed Hainley and that he had fled to south Florida.
The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force was asked to assist with locating Southall, Tetterton said. Law enforcement authorities arrested Southall May 2, 2008.
Darryl Griffis, Chief of the Kingsland Police Department, said, "This was a complex case that had a significant amount amount and wide range of evidence, including DNA, cell phone records and witness testimony."
Tetterton said Southall's sentencing is scheduled for after the start of 2013.
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