Causey found guilty of murder; sentenced to life without parole

Frank Don Causey was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the Dec. 2, 2016, murder of Lydia Ivanditti in her Eatonton home. The murderer was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Alison T. Burleson in Putnam County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.

The trial lasted seven days, but the jury deliberated only 50 minutes to find Causey guilty on all three charges – malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

The sentencing came immediately after dismissing the jury around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Eleven of the 14 jurors (including the two alternates) remained in the courtroom to hear the sentencing. 

Attornies for the state and defense rested their cases Tuesday, and closing arguments began Wednesday.

Please look at next week's edition (Nov. 23) of The Eatonton Messenger for more detailed coverage and photographs. 


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