ORINDA, Calif. (AP) – A Northern California jury has convicted a man of hacking his live-in girlfriend to death with a machete.

The Contra Costa County jury deliberated for seven hours before convicting James Collin in the 2012 slaying of 56-year-old Evangeline Cumbe Devera.

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1yuh8M4 ) jurors rejected testimony by the 65-year-old man that he was a longtime victim of domestic violence.

Prosecutors say Devera had a fractured skull from multiple hacking wounds and a severed hand.

Collin had previously been convicted of battery for attacking Devera with a phone.

In in 1986, he shot his brother to death in the same kitchen where he attacked his girlfriend.

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Prosecutors say that death was ruled accidental based on statements by Collin and his father, who were the only witnesses.


Information from: The San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com


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