Man convicted of abuse of a corpse in Jones Valley Target death

Man convicted of abuse of a corpse in Jones Valley Target death
William Payton (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
27-year-old Tonya Amerson (Source: Facebook)
27-year-old Tonya Amerson (Source: Facebook)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County jury has handed down a guilty verdict, more than three years after a woman's body was found behind the Jones Valley Target.

William Payton was found guilty of abuse of a corpse. He was sentenced to 40 years.

Payton was arrested a few days after Tonya Amerson's body was discovered in October of 2015.

Prosecutors originally charged Payton with murder but dropped that charge in March of 2016 after admitting they didn't feel they had enough evidence to guarantee a conviction.

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