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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A Roy man has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of his stepson, who he claimed had attacked his wife.
A second District Court jury returned the verdict late Monday against Darrell Lee Patrick in the September third shooting of 35-year-old Shaun Scott.
Patrick, who is 46, will be sentenced August first by second District Judge Roger Dutson.
The defense contended that Utah law allows use of lethal force in defense of life and home if someone, even unarmed, is entering a residence uninvited, accompanied by a show of force, and with obvious intent to commit a forcible felony, which includes simple assault.
Defense attorney David Drake told the jury that Patrick was defending his wife, Kay, Scott's mother, from attack.
The prosecution contended there was no illegal entry and Patrick exaggerated the events. His wife testified against him.
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