- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A jury took just 75 minutes to convict a Pennsylvania man of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend more than three years ago.

Now the Washington County jury will hear additional evidence and arguments before deciding whether 26-year-old Jordan Clemons, of Pittsburgh, deserves the death penalty or life in prison.

The defense argued Clemons was irrational and guilty only of third-degree murder, a malicious killing without premeditation that carries up to 40 years in prison.

But the jury agreed with prosecutors who argued that Clemons slashed 21-year-old Karissa Kunco’s throat four times, deep enough to hit her spine, making it first-degree murder.

Kunco’s body was found in a wooded area of Mount Pleasant Township in January 2012 a day after Kunco’s family reported her missing.

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