A Virginia man has been found guilty of attacking his ex-girlfriend outside of her home and injecting her with a fatal dose of cyanide.
Joseph Merlino III, 30, was convicted of first-degree murder on Friday, for the death of 35-year-old Ellie Tran. She died after being attacked and injected with the poison on Valentine's Day 2017, The Virginian Pilot reported.
Horrific video shows the moment Tran, the mother of Merlino's baby daughter, gets out of her car on Valentines Day 2017 only to have Merlino run at her and jab her in the leg with a syringe full of cyanide.
Tran, who lived with her parents and the two-year-old daughter she shared with Merlino, died the next day. Doctors told her family she had been left brain dead by the poisoning.
Merlino was arrested the next day and was held without bond at the city jail.
During the trial, prosecutors showed the CCTV footage of the event, taken on cameras friends and family had claimed she installed to help protect her from the man, who she thought might try to hurt her.