Suspect in high-profile murder case found guilty
A 42-year-old Pontiac man has been found guilty for strangling a woman in Pontiac and leaving her body on the shore of Terry Lake.
A jury returned guilty verdicts on one count of first degree murder, one count of felony murder and one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct against Bobby Lee Taylor.
He now faces life in prison without parole.
Taylor has several prior criminal convictions including possessing stolen property, dangerous drugs, aggravated assault and escape from prison.
Her body was dumped in the lake before a fisherman discovered it. Detectives found Lee's van a block away from the lake.
Lee's case was thrust into the national spotlight when Star Jones, a close personal friend of the family, spoke out about her murder.
Star Jones used her contacts to get the word out because someone knows the truth and potential witnesses can help solve this case.
Before she was a TV star, she worked as a homicide prosecutor for many years, putting away the bad guys. Now, her loved ones are struggling for answers and hoping for justice, remembering a life cut short by murder.
"This is a young woman who left three babies -- a 9-month-old, a 6-year-old and a 12-year-old -- and they all have questions. And so does everyone else who loved an respected Rhonda," Jones said.
What happened to Lee has inspired Jones to help other women. She has created a sort of checklist she is calling "Rhonda's Rules," showing women how to get their affairs in order. So, if a tragedy strikes, family is protected.
View: Rhonda's Rules website