Salvator Esquivel-Castillo, 37, is accused of killing Jaclyn Funderburg in July of 2007. Her body was found 11 days after she disappeared.
Salvator Esquivel-Castillo, 37, has been found guilty of first degree murder in the killing of Jaclyn Funderburg in July of 2007. Her body was found 11 days after she disappeared.
He was also found guilty of murder.
Jaclyn's father, Jerry Funderburg, told 11 News that he's relieved. "It doesn't bring my daughter back, but to know he's off the street and he can't hurt anyone again is good. I feel closure and I feel like I'm healing, although I'll never completly heal. This isn't something that you can heal over."
Jurors began deliberating the case Friday at noon after a one month long trial. They were forced to decide whether the 22-year-old woman died of a drug overdose or if Esquivel-Castilllo killed his former girlfriend, and mother of their child.
When Esquivel-Castillo took the stand he claimed Funderburg died of a methamphetamine overdose. Prosecutors argue Esquivel-Castillo made up the drug story just five days before he went to trial.
Sentencing is planned for June 19 at 9 a.m.