AMBRIDGE, Pa. - A Beaver County jury on Tuesday found a man accused of killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child guilty of second-degree murder.
For the past two weeks, the victim’s family has listened to testimony against Marlin Kelly.
In October 2012, 19-year-old Conekia Finney was shot to death in her Ambridge apartment.
Investigators said Finney was seven months pregnant when Kelly and Tyrone Fuller went to Finney’s apartment looking for her boyfriend.
Kelly testified last week that he went to the apartment with 33-year-old Fuller but left to make a drug deal, then heard a gunshot as he returned and saw Fuller fleeing.
Fuller pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of homicide and homicide of an unborn child in an agreement under which he would serve 13 to 30 years in state prison. Fuller testified during his trial that Kelly was responsible for pulling the trigger.
The prosecutor told Channel 11 News that the verdict was fitting because “he took two lives and will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.”
Kelly faces a mandatory life sentence for the verdict.
“First I want to thank God. I want to thank Jimmy Mann and the DA. My daughter can rest now,” Finney’s mother said. “I do thank the system for working for my daughter and my granddaughter. They can rest in peace now.”