- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A jury has convicted a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran of mitigated deliberate homicide for shooting a man to death during an argument outside a Bozeman house party.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://goo.gl/ZatVLS ) jurors deliberated for about five hours before finding Cody Little guilty Friday in the Sept. 20, 2013, death of 24-year-old Larry “LJ” Clayton. Little also shot James Armstrong, causing injuries that required the amputation of his lower left leg.

County Attorney Marty Lambert told jurors that Little knew what he was doing, but defense attorney Diana Copeland said post-traumatic stress disorder from Little’s service in the Army led to his fatal reaction to a perceived threat.

Little was charged with deliberate homicide in Clayton’s death, but jurors opted to convict him of the lesser charge. He also was convicted of aggravated assault.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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