Man found guilty of rape and murder of school friend after he claimed he fought after consensual sex

Man, 22, is found guilty of raping and killing his high school friend, 19, after claiming he has no memory of dragging her body into the woods

  • Jalique Keene, 22, was found guilty after a four-day lawsuit over the death of his high school friend, Mikaela Conley, 19, in June 2018
  • The jury found Keene guilty of gross assault and murder
  • Keene claimed that he and Conley had confirmed each other and that he had not killed her
  • He also claimed to have PTSD because of a childhood trauma before he was adopted
  • Authorities showed video of Keene carrying Conley's body in nearby woods
  • He recognized himself, but claimed he had no memory of the deed

A Maine man was found guilty of raping and killing his high school friend on a playground after being caught on the camera and dragging her body into the woods.

Jalique Keene, 22, from Bar Harbor, Maine, was found guilty of gross assault and murder on Friday after a four-day lawsuit against the death of his high school friend Mikaela Conley, 19, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Keene, a lagging star, and Conley were classmates at Mount Desert Island High School. He graduated in 2015, while Conley was still a sophomore.

Jalique Keene, 22, was found guilty on Friday of raping and killing his high school friend, Mikaela Conley, 19, and hiding her body in the woods near a playground in 2018

Jalique Keene, 22, was found guilty on Friday of raping and killing his high school friend, Mikaela Conley, 19, and hiding her body in the woods near a playground in 2018

Police said Conley picked up Keene from a Boston airport on May 31, 2018 after he had flown back from playing amateur football in Serbia.

They were supposed to have returned to Bar Harbor on 1 June on 1 June, after which they walked to the playground at Conner's Emerson School, across the street where Conley lived with her mother, who missed her later that day.

Seekers found Conley & # 39; s body hidden in the woods near the school on June 2 and Keene was arrested on June 4.

An autopsy report later revealed that Conley had died of strangulation and had suffered head trauma.

Police said Conley picked up the night before she died, Keene from a Boston airport on May 31. They arrived in Maine on June 1 at 1 AM and went to hang out in a nearby park

Police said Conley picked up the night before she died, Keene from a Boston airport on May 31. They arrived in Maine on June 1 at 1 AM and went to hang out in a nearby park

Police said Conley picked up the night before she died, Keene from a Boston airport on May 31. They arrived in Maine on June 1 at 1 AM and went to hang out in a nearby park

Keene claimed that he and Conley had consensual sex and that he had not killed her. The police found a surveillance video in which Conley dragged her body into the woods

Keene claimed that he and Conley had consensual sex and that he had not killed her. The police found a surveillance video in which Conley dragged her body into the woods

Keene claimed that he and Conley had consensual sex and that he had not killed her. The police found a surveillance video in which Conley dragged her body into the woods

Keene testified that he and Conley had had sexual intercourse the night they died and that he had not killed her.

He also said that he and Conley had argued, Conley pushing and beating him, WABI reported.

However, the authorities obtained control video from Keene carrying Conley's body behind the schoolhouse and in the trees in daylight, an act that he said he could not remember and give no explanation as to why he moved her body.

Although he recognized himself in the video, Keene claimed that his memory & # 39; blurred & # 39; was as to what had happened between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. when he picked up his wallet and cell phone from Conley's home, Fox 22 reported.

During the trial, Keene said he suffered PTSD as a result of child abuse before being adopted and moved to Bar Harbor, while a psychologist testified that the PTSD and the trauma of the incident could have resulted in a dissociative episode that reminded some happened, but also noted that Keene & # 39; s memory loss could also be forged.

Keene & # 39; s lawyers said they could appeal the verdict. He is expected to be sentenced in July.

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