WHITE NORTH CAROLINA FATHER SE’NTE’NCED TO DE’ATH PE’NA’LTY AFTER TOR’TUR’ING AND K’I’LLI’NG 15-YEAR-OLD BLACK DAUGHTER

Joshua Lee Burgess Zaria Burgess

A man in North Carolina was se’nte’nced to de’ath for the b’rut’al tor’tu’re and k’il’li’ng of his 15-year-old daughter.

According to People, a jury gave Joshua Lee Burgess the de’ath pe’nalty after being found g’uil’ty of first-degree m’urd’er for k’ill’in’g his 15-year-old daughter, Zaria Burgess. The jury deli’bera’ted for three hours before finding that the 35-year-old father br’ut’ally k’ill’ed his daughter in 2019.

The trial was completed after three weeks.

Burgess was also co’nvict’ed of one count of statu’tory ra’pe, three counts of sta’tutory s’e’x of’fen’se, and one count of first-degree s’ex’ual exp’loita’tion of a m’inor. He was acc’used of ps’ycholog’ically and s’exu’ally ab’us’ing her for 22 hours at his home before sl’ittin’g her th’roat.

Last week, the Union County District Attorney’s Office released a statement about the trial’s results.

“Joshua Lee Burgess, 35, was sentenced to de’ath today for the m’urd’er of his daughter Zaria. After app’roxim’ately three hours of del’iber’ations, the se’nte’nce was handed down by a Union County ju’ry following a three-week trial.

On August 18, 2019, Burgess k’il’le’d 15-year-old Z’aria by sl’ittin’g her throat after psyc’hologica’lly and se’xua’lly to’rturi’ng her for 22 hours at his home off Airport Road in Monroe. In addition to one count of fir’st-deg’ree m’urd’er, Bur’gess was con’vic’ted of one count of sta’tut’ory r’a’pe, three counts of sta’tuto’ry s’e’x of’fense, and one count of first-degree se’xu’al exp’loit’ation of a m’inor. He received an add’itional mi’nimum of nearly 76 years in pr’iso’n for those off’ense’s.”

Source & Credit: blackenterprise.com

 

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