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Pacific man gets death sentence for butchering girlfriend

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A Pacific man was found guilty of stabbing to death his girlfriend and butchering her body on Wednesday.

Vernell Loggins Jr., 39, is accused of killing 25-year-old Stephanie Fields in 2009 during a domestic dispute, then dismembering her body. A Pacific man was found guilty of stabbing to death his girlfriend and butchering her body on Wednesday. Vernell Loggins Jr., 39, is accused of killing 25-year-old Stephanie Fields in 2009 during a domestic dispute, then dismembering her body.

(KMOV.com) -- A Franklin county jury sentenced a Pacific man to death on Thursday night for the brutal murder of his girlfriend.

Vernell Loggins Jr., 39, is accused of killing 25-year-old Stephanie Fields in 2009 during a domestic dispute, then dismembering her body. 

Field's head was found in the Meramec River and her torso was found in the woods behind the Monroe Woods Apartment Complex, where the couple lived together. Other body parts were found in the trash can of the apartment complex.

Investigators found a trash bag full of bloody rags that had a piece of mail in it addressed to Loggins.

The jury found Loggins guilty of first degree murder earlier in the day. Jurors then listened to testimonies and arguments as to whether Loggins should receive the death penalty or serve life in prison without the chance of parole.

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