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Jury finds Solana Beach woman accused of killing her stepfather guilty of 1st degree murder

During the week-long trial, prosecutors argued that Janks deliberate the murder of her stepfather after she discovered lots of of nude images of her on his computer.

VISTA, Calif. — After slightly over at some point of deliberations, a jury in North County discovered Jade Janks, 39, guilty of first degree murder within the demise of her stepdad after discovering nude images of her on the stepfather’s computer.

The verdict is the top of a week-plus murder trial of inside designer Jade Janks, 39, who prosecutors say drugged her stepfather, Tom Merriman, and strangled him on December 31, 2020.

Merriman was a outstanding North County businessman who was the co-founder of Butterfly Farms in Encinitas

During the week-long trial, prosecutors argued that Janks deliberate the murder of her stepfather after she discovered lots of of nude images of her on his computer. The images had been, based on Janks’ legal professional, organized by physique half and had been taken whereas Janks was within the bathe and through different cases, relationship again when Janks was as younger as 16 years previous.

Prosecutors stated they discovered textual content messages that Janks despatched to pals on the day that Merriman died. Among the texts learn in court docket included one despatched on the day of Merriman’s demise, “I just dosed the hell our of him,” whereas one other learn “it’s pretty much done.”

However, Janks’ protection attorneys argued that Janks despatched the textual content messages days after she found the cache of nude images on his computer whereas she was cleansing his home.

“It was the most violating, awful, gut-wrenching feeling ever. I felt sick, I felt I couldn’t… even touch my own skin. I don’t know if there [are] words, not even in a movie have I seen something so sick,” testified Janks through the trial.

Janks’ attorneys additionally argued that Merriman was an alcoholic who would usually combine liquor with sleeping capsules.

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