- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man charged with murder in the 2012 death of a 13-year-old girl who was found stabbed and beaten in a baseball dugout at a Sacramento County park has been found guilty.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1MGyj9Q ) that after a week of deliberation, jurors chose to convict 25-year-old Ryan Douglas Roberts Monday.

Prosecutors had pointed to DNA evidence from cigarettes and the girl’s belt that suggested Roberts and the young victim were in the dugout together before her death.

Authorities said Jessica Funk-Haslam, whose body was found in a baseball dugout in Rosemont Community Park, was beaten, stabbed and asphyxiated.

Roberts’ attorney argued that a murder weapon was never recovered, and blamed the killing on another man with a lengthy criminal history.

Roberts faces 26 years to life in prison.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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