Jury returns guilty verdict in murder case

Jury returns guilty verdict in murder case »Play Video
David Ray Taylor

EUGENE, Ore. - A jury found David Ray Taylor guilty Thursday of the August 2012 murder and kidnapping of Celestino Gutierrez.

The jurors will next decide whether Taylor should face the death penalty for killing Gutierrez and disposing of his body as part of a bank robbery plot.

The jury took 10 hours to reach guilty verdicts on 3 of the 4 aggravated murder charges brought against Taylor. The juror also found him guilty of other charges, includging robbery, a felon in possession of a firearm and kidnapping.

Prosecutors had alleged Taylor killed Gutierrez for his vehicle and later used it as a getaway car for a bank robbery in Mapleton.

The defense had argued Taylor robbed the banks but was blamed by his accomplices for the murder.

The jury brought back the verdict around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

As the judge read out the guilty verdict, the victim's parents bowed their heads and cried while Taylor remained motionless.

There's no word yet on when the trial will move to the penalty phase, where jurors will decide whether Taylor should die for his crimes.