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1 of 5 suspects found guilty in missing Jessica Guillot case

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 MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - It's been nine months since 21 year old Jessica Guillot of Simmesport went missing. Today in a Marksville court, one of the five people charged in connection with her disappearance was found guilty. 

25 year old Chadwick McGhee was found guilty of simple kidnapping. Tensions were high outside the courtroom, following the jury's decision to convict McGhee.

"I'm happy we got a win and I'm ready for the rest," said Laura Stelly, mother of Guillot. 

But McGhee's father said, "I don't think it was right. I think it should've been a fairer deal than what they gave him".

During testimonies, the prosecution questioned 31 year old Tamika Williams, one of four other suspects in the case of Guillot's disappearance. Williams is also awaiting trial. 

Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle said, "obviously from the evidence presented in this trial, there are others implicated that we will begin to prosecute. 

Williams testified that she saw McGhee in one of the cars that prosecutors believe Guillot was last seen. She said another suspect, Asa Bentley, was looking for Guillot because of stolen cash and drugs.  But McGhee denies ever being part of the crime, and his family thinks there's a lack of evidence in his case. 

Bernard McGhee says, "there was nothing implicating that he even kidnapped this girl, I just talked to my attorney and I will be getting it appealed". 

Guillot's mother Laura Stelly says the guilty verdict doesn't put her at ease. 

"In a way it does, and in a way it doesn't though because we still don't have her remains," said Stelly. 

Meanwhile prosecutors are preparing for the rest of the trials. 

"We learned, we learned a lot from this case and we will sit back and figure out who's going to be next," said Riddle. 

McGhee is set to be back in court on August 12th for sentencing.

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