Jury convicts Joseph Thomas in Annie McSween's murder - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Jury convicts man in popular bartender's Thanksgiving Day murder

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LAKE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

The jury has convicted the man accused of viciously killing a popular bartender on Thanksgiving Day.

The jury deliberated for just 10 hours before finding Joseph Thomas guilty in the brutal murder and rape of Annie McSween. She was killed the morning of Thanksgiving in 2010.

Thomas faces the death penalty.

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.

The death penalty phase begins on October 3.

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