Jury convicts man for killing Decatur woman during high speed chase

Jury convicts man for killing Decatur woman during high speed chase

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The man who killed a woman in a crash while leading Decatur police on a high speed chase is going to prison.

Friday morning, a Morgan County jury convicted Mitchell Lindsey for reckless murder for the death of Bessie Louise Yarbrough on May 19th, 2012. The jury also convicted him for theft for the car he was driving.

It took the jury about five hours of deliberations over two days to come back with the guilty verdicts. Felony Burroughs, Bessie Yarbrough's daughter, said her family is relieved that the man who killed her mother will pay for his crime.

"Just knowing that he's going away for a long time, that he won't be able to do this to any other families," Burroughs said.

"I'm thrilled that we were able to get justice for them, for the loved one that they lost. It will hopefully give them some closure," said Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson.

After being convicted, as he did before inside and outside of the courtroom, Lindsey had words of remorse for the victim's family.

"I'll continue praying for them, and I just want them to know that this right here is not me no more. That was my old lifestyle," Lindsey said as deputies led him to a patrol car.

Burroughs said those are just words that won't bring her mother back.

"I have no sympathy for him. None," she said.

For the reckless murder conviction, Lindsey with either be sentenced to life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole. The first degree theft conviction carries a sentence of 20 to 99 years to life in prison. His sentencing date is set for November 19th.

Yarbrough left behind three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Four more great-grandchildren have been born since she was killed.

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