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.READ MORE: 2 Juveniles Arrested After Mother, Son Found Critically Injured In Elverta
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.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
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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