ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A 29-year-old man faces up to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a St. George woman with a decorative sword in her apartment.
The Spectrum reports that jurors Friday convicted 29-year-old Kevin Ray Mcatlin in the killing of 33-year-old Elizabeth Carter.
Mcatlin didn't dispute he killed Carter but defense attorney Edward Flint argued that special mitigation circumstances existed that would have resulted in Mcatlin being convicted of manslaughter, a lesser charge.
Flint said Carter provoked Mcatlin by slapping him after he accused her of stealing drugs and other belongings of his.
Sentencing is set for May 22. A Utah murder conviction results in a prison sentence of 15 years to life. The Board of Pardons will determine his exact length of sentence.
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