Security guard sentenced to life for woman's rape, murder in downtown Orlando apartment

By: Jason Kelly , WFTV Web Staff

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A jury reached a guilty verdict Tuesday in the trial for a security guard who was accused of raping and killing a woman in her downtown Orlando apartment. 

Police said Stephen Duxbury strangled Sasha Samsudean in October 2015 at the Uptown Place apartments after she returned from a night out.

The jury deliberated for about four hours after the seven day trial. 

He was found guilty on all counts, which included first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery with physical force and burglary of a dwelling with assault and battery. 

 

 

 

After reading the verdict, Samsudean's mother spoke to the judge before the sentencing and gave an emotional statement about the last dinner she had with her daughter. 

"I will never have a last supper with my daughter again. I won't have birthdays. My husband won't get to walk her down the aisle," she said. "The chain is broken. I now have a family of three."

 

 

Sentencing began shortly after Samsudean's parents spoke to the judge. 

"You  know, they say life is not made up of the number of breaths you take, but the number of moments that take your breath away. She took my breath away millions of times," Ken Samsudean, Sasha's father said.

"I said, 'I'm going to Orlando. I'm going to find out what happened and I'm going to kick his ass.' I'm sorry to use that language your honor, but I'm never going to have dinner with my daughter again," Tara Samsudean, Sasha's mother said.

Duxbury was sentenced to life in prison. 

He was working as a security guard at the apartment building at the time Samsudean was killed.

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Photos: Sasha Samsudean

A DNA expert testified Monday that DNA evidence that was discovered on Samsudean's breasts matched that of Duxbury. The expert used charts to illustrate how his DNA profile was isolated.

Duxbury's defense attorneys asked the expert if his DNA could have somehow gotten onto Samsudean's body without him touching her. The expert said the odds of it belonging to someone else is in the billions or trillions.

Duxbury told the judge he would not testify. His defense called no witnesses and rested Monday afternoon.

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Investigators said surveillance footage shows Duxbury walking with an intoxicated Samsudean.

His attorneys claimed that investigators botched the case and that the true killer remains at large.

Read: Video shows murder suspect, victim at downtown Orlando apartment

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