TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio man has been convicted of killing a university student who disappeared while bicycling.
James Worley was convicted by a jury Tuesday of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the 2016 death of University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin (JAW’-gihn) and could face the death penalty.
The 20-year-old student was found dead in a cornfield three days after she was last seen near her home west of Toledo.
Prosecutors say DNA evidence shows Worley and the victim were at the site of the abduction, inside his barn near Delta and where her body was discovered. The defense said Worley’s DNA was not on the bike or a gag that killed her.
The 58-year-old Worley was imprisoned for abducting another woman in 1990. Joughin’s family wants lawmakers to create a public registry that tracks people convicted of violent crimes.