A Shawnee County District Court judge convicted 30-year-old Andrew Charles Redick on Tuesday. He was found guilty of premeditated first-degree murder and arson in the 2013 death of Lena Keithley.
Maintenance workers found her body November 15 in a room at the Country Club Motel in Topeka. A coroner says she died due to strangulation causing a lack of blood flow to the brain.
Redick elected for his case to be heard by the judge rather than a jury. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in October.
The Keithley family says the verdict is “sound and just.”