Verdict In on Houston County Murder Case

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

40-year old Robert Wills of Newton is convicted of murder in the death of 15-year old Whitney Lake.

Lake died after Wills fled from a Houston County Sheriff deputy, who had pulled up to his stopped vehicle. A high-speed chase followed, leading to Wills crashing his vehicle into a bride on Judge Logue Road.

Whitney Lake's father, Terry Lake says he is overjoyed with the verdict.

"The word I keep leaning on is estatic, Terry Lake said. "I don't think of a word that would mean more than that right now. It's just what I wanted, that is what we were after. That is what we believe is the right verdict. I could not be more happy, I think the jury did a great job."

District Attorney Doug Valeska says the verdict is not a fair trade for a young girls' life.

"I saw a lot of tears and suffering for justice," Valeska said. "But no matter what happens for justice they don't get their daughter back. And all he (Wills) had to do was stop."

Sentencing will take place September 30th. Wills could face 10-99 years, or life in prison.

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