CORDELE, GA (WALB) - The sister of a Cordele murder victim is thankful for a guilty verdict against the killer. Keontay Miller will find out his sentence next week, but a jury convicted him Wednesday on 9 charges.
Lynor Fort said just being in the courtroom with Miller was emotional for her, but hearing the word "guilty" was invaluable to her healing process.
She described the last nine months without her brother Tellis.
"A whole lot of sleepless night and a whole lot of crying," said Lynor Fort.
The 39-year old was killed when he got home from working out on May 14th.
Keontay Miller and Conardo Dennard were arrested and charged less than a month later.
"You would think that once they got arrested and once we started going through trial, that things would have gotten easier, but it hasn't," said Fort.
Lynor watched patiently in court all week as prosecutors outlined evidence against Miller.
She even took the stand and gave emotional testimony after seeing a picture of her brother's body.
"I was just nervous about the whole thing just hoping and praying that they would find him guilty, that all the evidence would present itself," said Fort.
After two hours of deliberations Wednesday afternoon, the jury came back with their verdict—guilty on all counts.
"I just remember breaking down and saying thank you Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus," said Fort.
Sentencing for Miller will be next week. He faces the possibility of life without parole.
"He was definitely an evil person, and he deserves exactly what he gets," said Fort.
The family continues to heal, and Fort knows a tough road still lies ahead.
"It's still hard and stuff. And I'm sure I'm going to have my days where I'm going to cry and stuff, but God is awesome. You keep him first, and you have to forgive them and continue to pray for them," said Fort.
Lynor Fort said she could not be more thankful to the DA's office and law enforcers who worked tirelessly for justice for her brother.
Dennard, the other defendant, pleaded guilty to malice murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
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