- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A Maryland man has been convicted in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old West Virginia University student.

Media outlets report a Monongalia County Circuit Court jury found Robert Hernandez Jr. of Cumberland, Maryland, guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.

The jury now must recommend to a judge whether Hernandez should be eligible for parole after serving his sentence.

The victim was Devante Waites, a freshman communications student from Fairmont. He was stabbed in the abdomen during a fight at a Morgantown bar in August. Hernandez was arrested during a traffic stop after police interviewed several witnesses and viewed video surveillance.

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