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Guilty verdict in Stoddard murder trial

SARASOTA, FL (WFLA TV) - A jury found a Sarasota stepmother guilty of killing her autistic stepdaughter.

The jury found Misty Stoddard guilty of felony murder and aggravated child abuse.

Stoddard took the stand in her own defense Thursday and told jurors it was her husband’s fault.

Prosecutors say Stoddard tied 11-year-old Melissa Stoddard to a wooden board and gagged her with duct tape.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 14.

Full Story at News Channel 8 WFLA-TV

 

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