Man convicted of murder in Pa. musician’s slaying

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man said by prosecutors to have been the “mastermind” of the slaying of a musician in his Philadelphia-area home three days after Christmas in 2011 has been convicted of second-degree murder.

The Bucks County Courier Times ( ) says jurors deliberated for nearly eight hours before convicting 20-year-old Jermaine M. Jackson of Trenton, N.J. on Monday.

Authorities said Jackson conspired with four others in the robbery attempt that ended in the slaying of 56-year-old Danny DeGennaro of Levitttown.

Jurors also convicted Jackson of robbery and conspiracy but acquitted him of first-degree murder, burglary and possessing an instrument of crime.

Defense attorney Craig Penglase vowed to appeal. He said his client had been invited to the home for a drug transaction but had left by the time of the murder.

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