UPDATE: Jury sentences Wilbanks to death

Steven Wilbanks was convicted of capital murder for the 2013 killing of Ole Miss graduate student Zacharias McClendon.

Posted: Feb 14, 2018 8:08 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 7:58 PM

1:30 p.m.

A jury in Lafayette County Circuit Court has sentenced Steven Wilbanks to death for capital murder in the 2013 killing of an Ole Miss graduate student.

The jury unaniomously reached the decision after deliberating for about three hours. Wilbanks was transported to Parchman to begin serving his time on death row.

His attorney says they will appeal the decision.

Hear from the McClendon family here.

Original story

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Steven Wilbanks has been convicted of capital murder for the 2013 killing of Ole Miss graduate student Zacharias McClendon.

The verdict came Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday the sentencing phase of the trial started.

Judge Andrew Howarth says the trial will continue at 8:30 Thursday morning at the Lafayette County Circuit Court.

McClendon was found dead of a gunshot wound at his home on County Road 140 after his mother notified deputies she was not able to get in touch with him.

Joseph Lyons, 24, of Houston, Texas and Derrick Boone, 27, of Laurel have already pleaded guilty to capital murder in his death.

Wilbanks testified at Boone's trial the three planned the robbery while high on drugs and said Boone intended to shoot McClendon.

Wilbanks will either be sentenced to life in prison, or the death penalty.

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