- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say someone vandalized the gravestone of a strangled Laurens County teen the day her killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Clinton police told media outlets that an unknown liquid was poured on Emily Asbill’s grave and her father’s home was spray painted with obscenities after a jury found Michael Beaty Jr. guilty of murder Friday. No arrests have been made in the vandalism.

Beaty was sentenced to life in prison for her death.

Prosecutors say Beaty strangled the 19-year-old woman with a USB cord in June 2013. Defense lawyers say Asbill could have choked when Beaty grabbed her shirt as she tried to jump out of his moving car. They say she had threatened to harm herself before.

Beaty’s lawyers say they will appeal.



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