DANVILLE — A Vermilion County jury took just two hours and 21 minutes to convict a Danville woman of murder Thursday.

Shelley A. Murphy, 50, of Danville, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her wife, Daye Lynn Murphy, 61.

“During the course of a three day jury trial the prosecution presented evidence that on July 22, 2018, the defendant beat the victim Daye Lynn Murphy unconscious and caused her to suffer a subdural hematoma,” a release Friday from State’s Attorney Jacqueline M. Lacy’s office said. “The victim was left by the defendant to lie on the floor of the trailer home, where they lived together, while she continued to live in the home until her sister called 911 on July 25, 2018.”

According to the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department, on July 25, 2018, deputies responded to a residence in the 500 block of Vance Lane, west of Danville, for a report of a deceased person.

Deputies found Daye Lynn Murphy to be unresponsive and not breathing.

“Domestic violence offenders are some of the most dangerous and manipulative perpetrators that live in our community and my office will do everything in our power to protect victims and bring the offenders to justice,” Lacy said in the release.

Shelley Murphy, also known as Shelley Butler, faces 20-100 years in the Illinois Department of Correction and she will be required to serve 100 percent of the sentence with three years of mandatory supervised release. She is eligible for an extended term sentence of 60-100 years due to the victim being older than 60.

On the state’s motion Thursday, Murphy’s bond was revoked and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Dec. 6, before Judge Nancy Fahey.

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