WORCESTER – A Worcester man was found guilty of first-degree murder on Tuesday in the death of a Webster woman whose body was found in a burning car off Swan Avenue in 2015.
According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., a Superior Court jury found 42-year-old Donovan Goparian guilty of shooting and killing Marie R. Martin, 35, and burning her body inside her car.
The trial against Goparian began last week and went to the jury to begin deliberations on Monday.
“This was a very difficult case for many reasons,” DA Early said. “The hard work of the prosecution team, consisting of the Worcester Police Department and Assistant District Attorneys Terry McLaughlin and Mark McShera, was outstanding. They presented this case in a very concise and evidence-based manner. I would like to thank the jury for their attention to the evidence and thoughtful deliberations in this trial.”
Sentencing for Goparian is scheduled for March 6.
By statute, Goparian will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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