A jury has convicted a Virginia man in the slaying of a Mormon missionary and the wounding of another. Full stories by the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, WVEC Channel 13 in Hampton Roads, the Salt Lake Tribune, and KSL Channel 5 in Salt Lake (with video embedded below).
The jury's verdict on Friday December 12th, 2008 came on the third day of deliberations in the long-delayed trial of 22-year-old James Boughton Jr. (the simian pictured above). Sentencing is set for 11 A.M. Monday December 15th in Chesapeake. Boughton faces up to life in prison. [Ed. Note: He deserves death.]
Boughton was convicted of first-degree murder in the January 2006 slaying of Morgan W. Young of Bountiful, UT. He was also convicted in the shooting of Joshua Heidbrink of Greeley, CO. Heidbrink recovered and testified at Boughton's trial.
Boughton said he was at a friend’s house when the two men were shot. But the prosecution argued that the evidence against Boughton is overwhelming. His DNA was found on the murder weapon and a sweatshirt found at the crime scene. Investigators said that the victims saw Boughton and another man commit a crime and were shot to avoid any witnesses.
Boughton's family broke out in tears as the guilty verdicts were read one by one. Relatives of the two victims appeared overjoyed by the verdicts, but it was clearly a bittersweet moment for the Heidbrink and Young families.
The missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were shot while proselytizing on Elkhart Street in Deep Creek on January 2nd, 2006. It is believed that the missionaries weren't originally targeted, but unwittingly walked into a conflict between Boughton and another local resident, Gregory Banks Jr. Banks testified in court that he "played dead" after being shot at, heard the gunman run away, then heard two more shots. Boughton was charged with first-degree murder, malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding and three firearm offenses.
This case also discussed on the mainstream-oriented pro-LDS Mormonism-Unveiled blog. More background can be found on the ForgottenVictims website, which is operated by someone who appears to be race-conscious. More information can also be found in a discussion thread on New Nation News forum dating back to January 2006.