A Clay County jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding Michael Jackson guilty of first-degree murder and capital sexual battery in the death of Andrea Boyer.
Jackson was accused of killing Boyer, a vet tech, as she arrived at work at a Wells Road animal clinic in January 2007.
Jackson showed no emotion as the verdict was read, but Boyer's family was obviously pleased with the conviction, embracing as court was recessed.
"This is a great day for our family and a great day for Andrea," one of Boyer's family members said. "I'm sure she's shining down on us today. This is a really good day for us."
Boyer's husband said he didn't believe any of the claims Jackson made about Boyer when he testified in his own defense last week.
"She was a great person. She was the sweetest person I ever met," Shad Boyer said. "She was an inspiration to me."
DNA evidence was presented during the trial that indicated Jackson had sex with Boyer before she was strangled and beaten with a fire extinguisher. Jackson claimed that he had provided her drugs in exchange for sex, but under cross-examination, he admitted that most of what he told police when he was first arrested were lies.
Boyer's sister said everyone who knew her remembers a happy, hardworking person who loved taking care of animals and her family.
"I want them to know we were closer than most sisters, and yes, she did work at a bar. She paid for her schooling to be a vet tech," Boyer's sister said.
The same jury that convicted Jackson will return on March 12 to hear the sentencing phase and recommend whether Jackson should receive the death penalty.
Boyer's family said they would return for that sentencing hearing and they were hoping Jackson would be sentenced to death.