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Guilty Verdict In Murder Of Five-Year-Old

A jury found Eric Lane guilty of murdering Precious Whitfield in 2002.

Goldsboro, NC -- A jury has found Eric Lane guilty of the murder of five-year-old Precious Whitfield. Lane was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and a sex offense. The jury will return on Monday for sentencing. Whitfield was last seen in 2002, playing outside of her grandmother's home. Her body was later found in a creek seven miles away. Authorities believe Lane killed the child within hours of her kidnapping. An earlier trial for Lane ended in mistrial in November because a juror improperly commented about possible punishments.

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