Judge: Man Guilty in Torture Death
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) _ A 22-year-old man was found guilty of murder, torture and kidnapping for the slaying of an acquaintance who was forced to eat glass, prodded with electricity, stapled through the ears and burned alive.
Billy Lyn Davis, of Lawndale, was found guilty Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James Cloninger.
The charred remains of Anthony Guest, 20, of Redondo Beach, were found in 1996, under bushes at a recreation area.
Davis had waived his right to a jury trial. Cloninger based his verdict on grand jury transcripts and testimony from the murder trial of co-defendant Spencer Brasure.
Brasure was sentenced to death after he was convicted of murder with special circumstances, torture and threatening witnesses.
Prosecutors, who said Brasure was the instigator, did not seek the death penalty for Davis. At sentencing on Nov. 16, Davis faces life in prison.
Defense attorney Willard Wiksell said he would appeal a ruling by the judge that allowed a police confession to be used against his client.
A motive for the slaying was never determined.