Forty-one-year-old James Cobb Hutto was convicted of capital murder by a jury that deliberated Saturday for around two hours. He could face the death penalty
Ethel Simpson’s body was found Sept. 17, 2010, near Edwards, Miss. She had died of blunt force trauma.
Hutto, of Jasper, was arrested in Alabama allegedly while driving her car.
Hutto faces a murder charge in Birmingham for the September 2010 death of his 68-year-old great-aunt.
Investigators believe Hutto befriended Simpson on the walking track at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton. He is believed to have lured her away to casinos in Vicksburg before killing her.
Her family, including a brother she lived with in Clinton, reported her missing to Clinton police.
Simpson and Hutto were last seen entering the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg at 8:36 p.m. that Sept. 13, then leaving the casino at 11:40 p.m.
After the case received extensive publicity in the Jackson area, a jury for Hutto’s trial was selected in Oxford and transported to Hinds County.