Man guilty of murder in toddler's death

WICHITA — Jonell K. Lloyd was found guilty this afternoon of first-degree murder in the death of 18-month-old Chavira Brown last summer.

The jury, which deliberated for about three hours, also found Lloyd guilty of child abuse.

Chavira's body was found by police in the attic of the house where Lloyd lived at 15th and Green on Aug. 1, 2008.

Chavira died of asphyxiation after being placed in two trash bags and left in an attic at the end of last July. Lloyd's live-in girlfriend said she saw him beat Chavira and choke her that day. Lloyd's defense says the girlfriend was the abuser.

Prosecutor Kim Parker called it an "unconscionable murder."

Parker said that it was Lloyd who choked the 18-month- old girl with his own hands and that it was Lloyd who put her in the bag, tied it up and put it in the attic.

Alice Osburn, a court-appointed defense attorney, asked the jury not to take sympathy or prejudice into their deliberations.

"We don't have any physical evidence that ties Mr. Lloyd to the murder," she told jurors.