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Man found guilty in murder, kidnapping of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze

Fox8: A Cuyahoga County jury convicted Christopher Whitaker, 45, in the murder of a teen girl.

He was found guilty on all 10 counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape, burglary and abuse of a corpse in the January 2017 slaying of DeFreeze. The sentencing phase will begin next Wednesday. That’s when jurors will decide whether to recommend that Whitaker gets the death penalty.

During six days of testimony, jurors saw an interrogation in which Whitaker repeatedly changed his story before eventually confessing to the murder, claiming he was high on crack cocaine at the time.

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