The Lansing State Journal reports 26-year-old Curtis Jamaar Echols of Paulding is scheduled to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole on July 25. An Ingham County, Michigan, jury convicted him Monday of first-degree murder.
Defense lawyer Timothy Havis says in an email Echols disagrees with the verdict and anticipates an appeal.
The body of 43-year-old Christina Daughenbaugh was found at a Lansing motel. Investigators found a receipt in the room and got Echols’ cellphone number. They tracked the phone to a Greyhound bus and Indiana State Police arrested him near South Bend.