Jury convicts man of murder in park slaying

Jury convicts man of murder in park slaying

CREATED Mar. 8, 2013

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PHOENIX (AP) - A 19-year-old man faces a possible life term in prison in the fatal shooting of a 78-year-old man who was taking an evening walk in a park.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury convicted Brandon Martin Roberts on Wednesday of first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and possessing a firearm as a minor.

Milton Raffle was fatally wounded July 19, 2011. He was found early the next day and died at a hospital.

Roberts and a co-defendant claimed self-defense but they admitted patting down Raffle's pockets after the shooting.

Co-defendant Nadeem Alferikh is serving a 14-year prison term after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

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