A Catawba County jury has found 30-year-old William Howard Lail III of Hickory guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a 20-month-old boy at a Long View residence in May 2013.
After approximately 19 hours of deliberation over a five period, the jury returned the verdict, ending the trial after more than four weeks. The decision was handed down in Catawba County Superior Court this morning (November 14).
Lail was convicted of killing Jaydon Sandlin. The jury also found him guilty of two counts of felony child abuse against Jaydon Sandlin and his sister Kylie Sandlin, plus two counts of non-felonious child abuse.
The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, sentenced Lail to an active prison term of 17-to-22 years for second-degree murder and felony child abuse, with an additional 300 days to be served at the conclusion of that period for the non-felonious child abuse cases.
Lt. Mike Ford led the investigation for Long View Police Department, with assistance from Agents Marc Sharpe and Heath McBride of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
Michael Van Buren and Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office with assistance provided by Victim Witness Legal Assistant John Hoyle.