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Jury convicts Upstate man of murder; victim's body never found

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Marcus Todd appears in bond court. (May 25, 2016/FOX Carolina) Marcus Todd appears in bond court. (May 25, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Jermaine West (Source: Family) Jermaine West (Source: Family)
WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As jury deliberations begin in the trial for a Spartanburg County man accused of murder, the question remains of where is Jermaine West.

On May 23, 2016, investigators said they believe 29-year-old West was shot and killed outside a home on Woodruff Street. Marcus Todd, the suspect in the case, was arrested after authorities said he was seen dragging West into a black 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The victim's body has never been found. An attorney for Todd said he claims he was driving West to the hospital when the victim asked to get out of the vehicle, so he let him out.

A grand jury indicted Todd for murder in West's disappearance.

After Todd's arrest, the Woodruff Police Department said he remained uncommunicative about the location of West's remains. Investigators have launched multiple searches in connection with the case, but so far they have been unsuccessful.

Todd is also charged with kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The jury was selected on Tuesday and began deliberations on Wednesday.

Just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the jury returned a guilty verdict for Todd on murder and kidnapping charges. The Solicitor's Office said video evidence, law enforcement testimony and witness statements were used to secure a conviction.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

He has a prior criminal record for accessory after the fact of a felony and assaulting an officer while resisting arrest.

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