A man murdered his ex-wife in 2015. While her body hasn’t been found, the killer will now pay with his life.
Last month, a jury in Alabama sentenced Brandon Sykes to death for the killing of Keisha Tuner, according to WCBI.
“Brandon Sykes killed the mother of three in front of their 11-month-old child,” District Attorney Andy Hamlin said, according to WCBI.
Sykes was arrested three months after his wife vanished. Turner went missing and her vehicle was found several days later, burned, in Mississippi, according to the Alabama Attorney General’s office.
Police found blood in her home and the bed of Sykes’ truck. Cell phone data also linked him to the crime. A piece of her flesh was discovered in her yard as well.
Investigators said Sykes forced his way in through a bedroom window and then stole her car and phone.
Two witnesses testified that Sykes confessed that he killed his ex-wife, according to the attorney general’s office. Despite the evidence, Turner’s remains have never been found.
The jury found Sykes guilty of three counts of capital murder.
The couple was married in 2012 and divorced about a year later. Turner had filed for a protection order against Sykes and claimed he abused her, according to AL.com. He was previously charged with violating the restraining order, domestic violence and stalking.
I appreciate the jury’s careful deliberation,” Hamlin said, according to AL.com. “This was a challenging case in that Ms. Sykes’ body has never been found. But the evidence very clearly shows the defendant committed this murder and went to great lengths to cover it up.”
“This verdict and sentence signify justice for Keisha and her family. My hope is that it helps them find some measure of closure,” Hamlin said. “They have waited a very long time for this.”