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UPDATE: William Hill Found Guilty Of Killing Whitney Bennett

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - Endless searches and months of investigation ends in justice for a young woman whose life was taken far too soon. The Wicomico County murder trial for Fruitland man, William Hill, wrapped up Tuesday. Ultimately, it only took the jurors 35 minutes to come down with a conviction. William Hill was found guilty of first degree, premeditated murder and all other counts in the death of 23-year-old Whitney Bennett. Prosecutors say Hill choked the Delmar mother of three, for about 4 minutes, before he watched the life leave her body.

"This was his girlfriend that he put in a trash bag, tied it up like garbage, and buried her in a hole and let her sit there for several months, while her family searched and searched and searched for her. The facts speak for themselves," said Wicomico County State's Attorney, Matt Maciarello.

We caught up with Hill's mother, who didn't have much to say, but called the trial unfair. As for the rest of his family, when WMDT tried to ask for comment, they sped off yelling expletives at our news crew.

A key witness, who was incarcerated with Hill, took the stand Tuesday. He says Hill told him exactly how he killed Whitney, where her body was and even talked about the proper way to kill someone and not get caught. 14 jurors listened to each and every testimony from the two-day trial, and two of them shared their thoughts exclusively with WMDT.

"I probably wouldn't have given him a first degree murder charge," said an alternate juror from Mardela Springs.

"I think he's guilty of all four charges honestly because when you hold it down to the point where you want to kill somebody, then that's premeditation you know what you're doing," said Emily Richardson, an alternate juror.

Some of Whitney's closest friends say they feel safe knowing Hill can never hurt anyone else ever again.

"For him to live day by day knowing he did something like that, and thought he was going to get away with it, is sick," said Samantha Terry of Delmar.

"I'm so relieved my best friend finally got the justice she deserves, as well as her kids and family," said Danielle Brown of Delmar. 

We're also learning more shocking details about William Hill. He was previously charged with child abuse and sexually assaulting a minor, long before he was tried for the murder of Whitney. Now the details on that case are still unclear at this point. As for this conviction, prosecutors say they plan to seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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