Jury reaches verdict in Youngstown murder of woman found in SUV

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dashonti Baker could spend the rest of his life behind bars for the death of 24-year-old Rae’Venne Faircloth-Thomas. The killing happened two years ago and on Friday, the murder conviction brought her family and friends to tears.

Security was tight as Baker was brought into court Friday morning to hear the verdict in his murder trial — guilty.

Baker was charged in Faircloth-Thomas’ death in 2017. Her body was found slumped inside an SUV on Youngstown’s west side.

Prosecutors said the two were arguing over a house the victim had given Baker in a deed when he shot her several times.

The jury found Baker guilty of murder with firearm specifications and having weapons under disability. The jury ruled he was not guilty of aggravated murder. They got the case Thursday afternoon after six days of testimony.

After the hearing, family and friends gathered in the courthouse basement to give thanks for the verdict.

“We put it in God’s hands and God had the last say,” said Virginia Faircloth, the victim’s mother.

She said there was no reason her daughter had to die.

“She was good to people. She loved people. She had many goals set. She was to be starting school for LPN in August.”

Throughout the weeklong trial, family and friends packed into the courtroom, waiting for this day.

“We just wanted justice for her because she can’t stand up for herself right now,” said Leerona Anderson, the victim’s aunt.

“We had to be her voice,” Faircloth said.

They’ll be back in June to watch as Baker is sentenced. He faces life in prison.

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