Man convicted of 1st-degree murder in Pa. slaying

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man faces life in prison without possibility of parole in the shooting death of another man in Aliquippa last year.

The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/12VYpzf ) says Beaver County jurors deliberated for less than four hours Friday before convicting 19-year-old Javonn Clancy of first-degree murder.

Defense attorney Steven Valsamidis argued Friday that his client fired in a fit of anger after a July fight with 25-year-old Marquay Riggins and didn’t act out of the malice needed for a first-degree case.

Clancy testified Thursday that he hadn’t intended to kill and wasn’t even aiming.

But prosecutor Justin Quinn said the defendant was angry at having lost a fight he acknowledged having started and fired at an unamed man who was running away. He called Clancy “a cold-blooded killer.”

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Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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