Kenneth Lynch guilty in missing body murders

Kenneth Lynch, far left, and his defense lawyers hear the judge's verdict Wednesday.

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WACH) - Kenneth Lynch was found guilty on two counts of murder Wednesday morning.

The bodies of Portia Washington and her granddaughter Angelica Livingston were never found, but prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Lynch.

"The decisions I made in this trial, thus far have been based upon a lot of careful thought and prayer," said Judge Eugene Griffith.

Washington and Livingston were last seen alive June 10th 2006, weeks later police arrested Lynch on the other side of the country trying to cross into Canada. Investigators say Lynch ditched Washingtonâ??s car in Seattle.

Investigators say Lynch hasnâ??t been very helpful since he was charged with the murders in 2008.

Sentencing will take place after the penalty phase, which is set to begin Thursday morning. A gag order will remain in place until a sentence is handed down.