Ft. Wayne man convicted of killing Wisconsin woman buried in basement

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana man has been convicted of murder in the death of a Wisconsin woman whose body was found buried in a basement in 2015.

An Allen County Superior Court jury reached the verdict Thursday in the case of 41-year-old Franklin J. Dent of Fort Wayne. Sentencing is June 22.

Jessica Fecht of Portage, Wisconsin, met Dent at a Fort Wayne concert in 2014 and moved in with him in early 2015. The 34-year-old’s body was found buried in the home’s basement in February 2015.

The prosecution said Dent was acting out a fantasy that he wanted to kill a woman and have sex with her body. Defense attorney Robert Gevers told the jury Thursday not to assume or jump to conclusions about Dent telling family members about that fantasy.

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