For the savage rape and murder of his teenage daughter, a North Carolina man has been condemned to death.
A Union County jury sentenced Joshua Lee Burgess to death after he was charged murder and rap e of his 15 years old tenager daughter.
Burgess cut Zaria's throat on Aug. 18, 2019, at his Monroe home after sexually and psychologically tormenting her for 22 hours.
According to the statement, Burgess was also found guilty of one count of statutory rape, three counts of statutory sex offences, and one act of first-degree sexual exploitation of a juvenile.
In addition to the death penalty, he was sentenced to roughly 76 years in jail for those crimes.
This was a very brutal, heinous, and cruel murder of an innocent child.
This was a very brutal, heinous, and cruel murder of anZaria was allegedly slain on a weekend visit to her father's house, according to investigators. innocent child.
Burgess indicated various motives in a confession provided to UCSO detectives, but the primary motives for the murders appeared to be desire and control, according to them.
Burgess strangled his daughter before slicing her throat, according to WSOC-TV.
"She was so young, and nobody deserves to leave this world like that," Zaria's cousin Dytaysha Wadsworth stated at the time of her death.