Man found guilty of first degree murder in beating death

CEDAR BLUFF, Va. - It's a guilty verdict for a Cedar Bluff, Virginia man involved in a beating death in 2012.

A Tazewell County jury convicted Williard Rell Cook of first degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Timothy Mitchell, Sr.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's office says Cook hit Mitchell in the head over and over with his fists, causing a brain hemorrhage, which led to his death.

The jury recommended Cook receive life in prison. His sentencing is set for December 15th.

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