(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A jury has found Jason Griffith guilty of second degree murder in the 2010 strangulation and dismemberment death of his girlfriend Deborah Flores Narvaez.
Prosecutors sought a first degree murder verdict.
Griffith will be sentenced in July. A second degree murder conviction in Nevada carries a sntence of 10 years to life in prison.
The jury reached its verdict in late afternoon Thursday. It began deliberations Wednesday morning following a 9 day trial.
Griffith and Flores Narvaez had a stormy relationsip. Prosecutors say Griffith killed her because he was seeing other women and wanted Narvaez out of the way.
Griffith’s lawyers have portrayed the victim as a stalking, violent woman who had threatened Griffith on numerous occasions. The jury heard of more than a dozen 9-1-1 calls Griffith made to police about his girlfriend. He says police ignored him and ridiculed his pleas.
Griffith spend several days on the witness stand. Prosecutors detailed how the defendant employed the help of a friend to dispose of Narvaez’s body, dismembering her and placing her in tubs of cement weighing a half ton.