Matthew Kidder was convicted Wednesday afternoon of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when he’s sentenced on Nov. 1.
Police say Kidder raped and strangled 28-year-old Jessyka Nelson on June 25, 2015. Kidder was a longtime friend of Nelson’s family.
Prosecutors say Kidder had been released from prison for the rape and choking of another woman when he killed Nelson.
Police say DNA from Nelson’s fingernails and the cellphone cord used to strangle her matched Kidder’s, and that his cellphone records showed he was at Nelson’s house the night she was killed.