Robert Badgerow has been found guilty of first degree murder.
After four days of deliberations, a jury has found that Badgerow was responsible for the death of Diane Werendowicz in June 1981.
The 23 year old Stoney Creek woman’s body was found in a ravine not far from her apartment with the crown alleging Badgerow raped and then murdered her by strangulation. His DNA was found inside Werendowicz, but he maintained they had consensual sex in his car after meeting at a bar, but she was alive when he left her.
This was a record trial for Badgerow who is the first person in Canada to be tried on the same first degree murder charge four times.
After being convicted in his first trial, he won an appeal.
The two following trials ended in hung juries.
A first degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.