Guilty verdict in Middletown murder case

Victor Gantt
Victor Gantt

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A man accused of a brutal murder in Middletown has been found guilty.

A Butler County jury convicted Victor Gantt, 26, of murdering Leroy Jones, 75, in May of 2011.

Gantt was convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. He faces the death penalty.

Prosecutors made their closing arguments on Friday morning. The defense waived their right to make a closing argument. The judge gave the jury their instructions, and then deliberations began.

On Thursday, prosecutors played a taped confession that Gantt made to police the day after the murder. In the confession, Gantt said he hit Jones several times with an axe.

Defense attorneys have said the case is not about Gantt's guilty or innocence, but whether or not he should receive the death penalty.

The sentencing phase will begin Tuesday at 10:00 am.

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