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Man convicted of killing roommate

On April 9, a jury in Louisiana found a man guilty of second-degree murder after deliberating for less than two hours. As a result of the Livingston Parish jury's decision, the 25-year-old accused man now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

An incident on May 10, 2014, led to the man receiving a murder charge. According to the prosecution, the accused man shot and killed a 29-year-old man at a residence on Spur Road. At the time, the two men lived in the home together, and witnesses say that the accused man became enraged after he was instructed to move out. The alleged victim died after he was shot once in the chest.

Following the fatal shooting, the man allegedly fled the home, taking his gun along with him. Deputies conducted a manhunt that lasted overnight before a tip led them to find the accused man at a location on Linder Street. Once he was located, the man was taken into custody without incident. It is unclear whether deputies found the gun that was used during the incident.

Because a second-degree murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence, a person facing this charge may want to speak to an attorney about strategies for having the charge reduced. An attorney may be able to gather evidence to prove that a person accused of murder was actually acting in self-defense. Additionally, an attorney may attempt to negotiate for a plea agreement.

Source: TheAdvocate.com, "Jury convicts man in fatal shooting on Spur Road in 2014," April 15, 2015

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