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Verdict reached in Jefferson County homicide case

A jury found Summer Malyshev guilty on all counts of 2016 murder and torture of Stephanie Pytash on Friday afternoon.

A jury found Summer Malyshev guilty on all counts of 2016 murder and torture of Stephanie Pytash on Friday afternoon.

The trial began Monday. Throughout the week, the jury heard jailhouse conversations from other innmates, expert testimony from the FBI and forensic analysis of the evidence, and, on Thursday, from Malyshev.

It took the jury a little over 4 hours to reach a unanimous guilty verdict. Malyshev was found guilty on all four counts: aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

She sat stoic and emotionless and each count was read in court.

The jury's verdict finds that Malyshev did conspire, pre-plan, and act in the torture, strangulation and incineration of Pytash's body.

Each of the victim's family members hugged Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin for her work in a successful conviction.

Hanlin said the family was brave and endured it all with grace.

"I can't imagine how painful it had to be for them to sit through 5 days of some of the most graphic testimony I’ve ever seen and not have an outburst, not disrupt the proceedings, and just trust that the jury system would work,” Hanlin said. “It did, and I can’t say enough about them."

Sentencing for Malyshev scheduled for Oct. 17.

But it's not over for the victim’s family. Malyshev's co-defendant, Michael Shane, has his own trial scheduled for Oct. 23.

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