- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A jury has convicted a man accused of beating a woman to death in a Denver church in 1979.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office says 53-year-old James Scott was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the Oct. 25, 1979, death of Martha Guzman.

Guzman had been alone in the church preparing for a service when she was attacked. Scott was identified as a suspect in 2006, when he was extradited from New York to Colorado in an unrelated assault and kidnapping case. But he couldn’t be charged at the time because he’d been brought to Colorado solely for the other case.

Scott had been serving a sentence on a sexual assault conviction in New York. The Denver murder charges were re-filed last fall.

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