(WJBK) - A judge Friday denied a motion for a retrial by the man found guilty in the murder of Chelsea Bruck.
On May 16, a jury found Daniel Clay guilty of felony murder and disposing of a body in the death of 22-year-old Chelsea Bruck.
Clay had been charged with open murder, meaning the prosecutor was not required to choose between first- or second-degree murder. The jury then determined the appropriate degree based on the evidence.
Monroe Circuit Court Judge Daniel White denied Clay's request for a new trial on the basis they there was insufficient evidence.
White determined there was enough evidence and testimony to support the jury's finding.
On July 13, Clay will appear back in court for his sentencing.
SEE ALSO (in order of date from most recent to earliest):
- May 16, 2017: Daniel Clay found guilty of felony murder in Chelsea Bruck death
- May 16, 2017: Daniel Clay testifies Chelsea Bruck death was rough sex accident
- May 9, 2017: Defense claims Chelsea Bruck died of erotic asphyxiation as trial begins
- May 8, 2017: Trial for Chelsea Bruck murder suspect underway
- Nov. 2, 2016: Graphic testimony in hearing for man accused of killing Chelsea Bruck
- Nov. 2, 2016: Daniel Clay bound over for trial in Chelsa Bruck murder
- Aug. 8, 2016: Chelsea Bruck murder suspect now charged with rape in separate incident
- July 27, 2016: Prosecutor: DNA links man to Chelsea Bruck in Halloween party death
- July 25, 2016: Daniel Clay had problems with law long before Chelsea Bruck's death
- July 25, 2016: Medical Examiner: Chelsea Bruck died of blunt force trauma
- July 25, 2016: Man charged with murder in Chelsea Bruck death
- July 22, 2016: 27-year-old Newport man arrested in murder of Chelsea Bruck
- July 22, 2016: Monroe Co Sheriff to hold press conference on Chelsea Bruck murder
- June 9, 2016: Police question possible witness in Chelsea Bruck murder
- June 9, 2016: Possible witness in Chelsea Bruck murder has come forward