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Pugh guilty of capital murder (Updated 4 p.m.)

A Jackson County jury has convicted Eddie James "Stretch" Pugh of capital murder in connection with the Oct. 8, 2008, kidnapping and killing of South Carolina native Byron Kelsey McCoy.

The jury also convicted Pugh of aggravated assault for beating Rahman MoGilles and shooting and injuring him during an escape attempt. He was convicted of third-degree arson for setting fire to the vehicle McCoy's body was found in.

Authorities charged Pugh and two others, Barren 'Bam Bam" Borden and Pugh's girlfriend, Torenda "Tory" Whitmore with capital murder in the case. Borden and Whitmore are awaiting trial. A federal jury already has convicted all three to life for kidnapping. In addition, the federal jury convicted Borden and Pugh on weapons violations. All three were sentenced to life in the federal case.

This afternoon, the Jackson County jury will begin the sentencing phase of Pugh's trial. They are expected to hear testimony from Pugh's relatives as well as McCoy's relatives. Pugh is facing a maximum sentence of death.

Read more about this story in Friday's Sun Herald.

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