HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The man charged in the beating death of a Huntington man last year was found guilty by a jury Friday.

A Cabell County jury convicted Edward “Jesse” Dreyfuse, 47, of first degree murder and burglary in the April 9, 2012, beating of Otis Clay Jr in Huntington.

The verdict was announced Friday morning before Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell.

Witnesses¬†in the case alleged Dreyfuse broke into Clay’s home and used a baseball bat to repeatedly beat the 66-year-old victim. Clay would die days later of complications from the injuries he sustained in the attack.

Witnesses testified that Dreyfuse attacked Clay because he was outraged that a woman living at the residence sold him wax instead of $30 in actual crack cocaine.

The conviction carries a sentence of life in prison.

The same jury will meet again next Friday morning at 9 to testimony and arguments as to whether Dreyfuse will receive life in prison with or without mercy, which would determine his eligibility for parole.

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  • JJ

    I could wear out a keyboard typing a diatribe about all the ways you are wrong and frankly uninformed, Mr. Ballard. Let's suffice to say the most of the clearheaded readers of this site can see through your borderline hate speech. Enjoy your smugness.

  • Ross Ballard intellectually lazy, Fox News, right wingers just never get it. The unconstitutional use of the Death Penalty is not about the current defendant. It's about the next guy who really is innocent, yet your blood lust wants someone dead, someone to pay...anyone. If you start 'taking out the trash' start with you...

    • CPA

      Nice IQ Mr. Ballard.

  • CPA

    Time for the state to start taking out the trash......permanently.