SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A jury Thursday convicted a 57-year-old man of the torture-murder of his adult daughter, whose body was kept in a freezer for two years.
The Orange County Superior Court jury found Clarence Butterfield guilty of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and also found true special circumstances of murder with mayhem and murder with torture.
He faces a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Oct. 8.
Butterfield had claimed he found his daughter, Rebekah, 21, dead at home on the day after Christmas 2006, then kept her body in a freezer because no one would believe he was innocent and because he believed she would be resurrected.
Prosecutors said Butterfield actually had hogtied her, shot her seven times in the leg, foot, knee and side of the head to torture her, and then stuffed her into the freezer where she suffocated.