TAMPA — A Tampa man accused of killing a 34-year-old father and then displaying the victim's body to friends was found guilty of first-degree murder last week.
Amer Ejak, 20, was charged in connection with the September 2009 death of Thomas Johannesen. Prosecutors said Ejak and a co-defendant, Christopher Cox, strangled Johannesen with a belt in his home at the Oak Ramble apartments.
The pair then showed off the corpse to two women with whom they were hanging out, prosecutors said.
Cox pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year and is serving a 25-year prison term.
Johannesen had a son, who is now 9 years old. Ejak, though 16 at the time of the incident, was tried as an adult in Hillsborough Circuit Court.
Judge Emmett Lamar Battles is scheduled to sentence Ejak on Sept. 3.