CLEVELAND – Prosecutors said that Kelly Foust was the man who raped a teenage girl, murdered her father and left them both inside their house, which he then set on fire. On Friday, a three-judge panel agreed, and found Foust guilty on at least 18 counts, 19/43 News' Harry Boomer reported.
"We the panel in this case do find the defendant Kelly Foust guilty of aggravated murder," one of the judges said when reading the verdict.
It didn't take long for the three judges to find the 23-year-old guilty. Foust didn't react when the verdict was read.
It wasn't a tough decision for the judges because Foust had confessed to police that he raped the 17-year-old girl, killed her sleeping father Jose Coreano with a hammer and then set their house on fire.
The girl survived the blaze to testify against him.
Foust's stepmother, Mary Pasko, was the only person to react to the multiple convictions of aggravated murder, rape, burglary, arson and kidnapping.
"They convicted him on all circumstantial evidence," Pasko said.
Foust was captured after a week on the run following another rape that he also confessed to. Prosecutors said that they now would seek the death penalty.
"If you don't send Kelly Foust to the chair, who do you send?" Cuyahoga County prosecutor Dominic DelBalso said.