Altus, OK_After deliberating for nearly six hours Thursday, a Jackson County jury found Manuel Daniel, Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Melissa Bost in February 2012.
The jury heard six days of testimony before listening to closing arguments from each side on Thursday, and started their deliberations around 4pm.
During its closing remarks, the prosecution admitted much of its case was based on circumstantial evidence, and that some of their primary witnesses are crack addicts, but said Daniel's actions after the killing proved his guilt. The defense pointed out that an eyewitness account of the killing didn't match up with injuries found in the medial examiner's report, and that blood and DNA evidence did not connect Daniel to the murder, or to the car which he allegedly abandoned in an alley with her body in it.
The jury recommended Daniel be sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.