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Three found guilty in Bell County murder case

The family of a 91-year-old man beaten to death five years ago says they finally have justice.

According to WYMT -- A Bell County jury found Brian Hatfield, Candy Maiden, and Deborah Partin guilty of complicity to murder for the death of William Taylor.

Candy Maiden, Brian Hatfield, and Deborah Partin cried when the jury's verdict was read.

The guilty verdicts are just what the Taylor family wanted to hear.

Their father died in January of 2008. Police say Maiden, Hatfield, and Partin beat him during a home invasion.

Complicity to murder carries a sentence anywhere from 20 years in prison to life in prison. The jury recommended a 20 year sentence for all three defendants.

During the penalty phase testimony, Deborah Partin admitted she got addicted to painkillers when she had cancer. Family members of Brian Hatfield and Candy Maiden also testified Hatfield and Maiden had a drug problem. However, the family members say even though the three used drugs, the families still believe they did not kill Taylor.

The Taylor family said they are pleased with the trial's outcome.

Sentencing for Maiden, Hatfield, and Partin is scheduled for June 3rd.

A fourth person charged in the case, Jeremiah Evans took a plea deal in exchange to testify against the other three. He will also be sentenced later this year.

Filed under: Kentucky | Police investigate | Violent crimes | Court cases


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