LAKE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The jury will begin deliberating the fate of the man accused of viciously killing a popular bartender on Thanksgiving Day.
Joseph Thomas is charged in the brutal murder and rape of Annie McSween. She was killed the morning of Thanksgiving in 2010.
Thomas is charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.
49-year-old McSween was leaving her shift at Mario's Lakeway Lounge in Mentor-on-the-Lake when she was attacked behind the building. Cops say she ran to a nearby home to get help, and frantically knocked on the windows. Too scared to answer McSween's cries, the homeowner called 911 instead.
Meanwhile, the killer dragged McSween's badly beaten body away from the house, and she died.
Thomas was not arrested until June 2011, months after McSween's murder.
If convicted, Thomas faces the death penalty.