A Hamilton County jury late Thursday afternoon found 15-year-old Edgar Concepcion, Jr., of Charles City guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his three-year-old cousin Krystel Banes on July 10th of last year.
Concepcion was also found guilty of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sexual abuse and child endangerment resulting in bodily injury in the death of Banes.
The jury received the case late Wednesday afternoon with members spending much of the day yesterday in closed doors working on their verdict. The trial began in Hamilton County District Court on May 19th. It was moved to Webster City on a change of venue from Floyd County due to pre-trial publicity.
The sentencing date of Concepcion is tentatively scheduled for July 19th at 1:30 in Floyd County District Court in Charles City.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City