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Man convicted in central Pa. meat cleaver slaying

September 18, 2013
Associated Press

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the meat-cleaver killing of his 59-year-old roommate during an argument in July 2012.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright returned the verdict Wednesday against 34-year-old Damien Barnhill of Lancaster.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ( said the verdict came after three days of testimony in the nonjury trial.

Barnhill's attorney said 59-year-old Rouit Bahadur was provoking her client and threw the first blows. The judge denied her request to return a third-degree murder conviction.

Prosecutors said Barnhill bludgeoned the victim and repeatedly slashed his neck, then hid the meat cleaver in a garbage disposal.


Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ,



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