Convicted murderer Clayton Stafford goes on camera, speaks out about trial

YAKIMA, Wash.- Convicted murderer Clayton Stafford goes on camera for the first time Tuesday and gives KNDO an exclusive interview.

Clayton Stafford is an inmate at the Yakima County Jail and is facing life in prison. He was charged with the murder of Shawna Yandell last week. He says he's not guilty and he's not giving up on the verdict.

"I am not guilty, I didn't do this crime and I am completely dumbfounded as to how I would be found guilty," said Stafford.

Stafford was arrested last year after DNA evidence linked him to the murder of Shawna Yandell. It proved the two had sex and the jury ultimately found Stafford guilty. Stafford says he's not guilty and wants to prove it.

"I'm convicted of murder and rape on a Q-tip, a Q-tip, all that can tell you is I did have sex with a person," said Stafford.

Stafford was charged with first-degree murder closing a cold case that was investigated for 17 years. For officers, this is closure, but for Stafford, it's only the beginning.

"I'll continue to fight it from there, I'll continue fighting as long as I'm alive, as long as I'm able, as long as my heart will hold me up," said Stafford.

Stafford's attorney says he will be appealing the verdict. Stafford will next be in court on May 6th for his sentencing. 

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