West Columbia man found guilty in 2006 slayings
LEXINGTON -- A West Columbia man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend and her granddaughter, even though their bodies have never been found.
Judge Eugene Griffith on Wednesday found 52-year-old Kenneth Lynch guilty on two counts of murder and one count of grand larceny.
Lynch waived his right to a jury trial in the deaths of 54-year-old Portia Washington and 8-year-old Angelica Livingstone.
Lynch was charged with grand larceny in July 2006 after Washington’s car was found near a Seattle bus terminal, where he was trying to board a bus for Canada.
Washington and her granddaughter were last seen in June 2006. Witnesses testified Washington told friends she planned to leave Lynch because he was abusive.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. That phase of the trial begins Thursday.