COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) __ A 66-year-old Georgia grandfather was
convicted Friday of killing a Missouri waitress nearly 35 years ago
before going into hiding for the next three decades.
Jurors deliberated for about six hours in Columbia before
deciding that suburban Atlanta resident Johnny Wright was guilty of
second-degree murder in the August 1976 disappearance and death of
23-year-old Rebecca Doisy. The former University of Missouri
student’s body was never found.
Her sister, Kathy Doisy, broke down in tears when the verdict
was announced. Wright, who faces between 10 and 30 years in prison
when sentenced in March, showed no emotion.
“This is a weight off my shoulders,” Kathy Doisy said after
the hearing. “I now know for a fact what happened to my sister.”
Defense lawyer Cleveland Tyson said he would appeal the verdict.
Wright was charged with murder in 1985, after an acquaintance
said Wright admitted killing Rebecca Doisy. He wasn’t arrested
until 2009, after he sought a criminal background check for a job
application at the police department in Lawrenceville, Ga.
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