BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A jury has found a man guilty for a brutal murder that happened at a vacant duplex in 2013.
Jeremy Brown was found guilty of second-degree murder for the death of 31-year-old Shaun Hartley. The case was heard by 19th Judicial District Court Judge Richard Moore, III.
Jurors listened to graphic testimony about the way in which Hartley was murdered. They say he was beaten and stabbed 22 times. They were shown crime scene photos that included Hartley's body.
The defense claimed there was a lack of DNA testing and evidence to link Brown to Hartley's murder.
The jury took less than two hours to return the guilty verdict.
Hartley's family said they have been able to find peace.
"We're a praying family and we hold no malice against anybody or the family," said Juanita Bates Washington, a family member of the victim. "We pray that Jeremy Brown somehow gets some type of rehabilitation. And whatever came over him to do such a horrible, heinous crime, we're not quite sure, but the devil is busy."
Brown will be sentenced on June 27. However, second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence.