- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the strangulation death of a man he called his best friend.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1E6HTK3 ) a Scott County judge found 36-year-old Stephen A. Boeding guilty Wednesday. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Boeding said in a taped police interview played at his bench trial that he choked 48-year-old Kevin O’Connell on May 23, 2013. A bench trial means Boeding waved a jury trial.

Authorities found O’Connell’s body 12 days later and suspected he died of natural causes. His body was later exhumed and an autopsy confirmed he was strangled.

Boeding testified at his trial that the men were best friends. He said they were drinking at O’Connell’s apartment when Boeding blacked out. He claimed an insanity defense and self-defense.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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