- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of third-degree murder for stabbing a woman who was trying to keep the defendant from stabbing her brother outside a bar.

A Fayette County jury convicted 24-year-old Darius Samuel, of Uniontown, after less than four hours of deliberations Wednesday.

His attorney argued that Samuel, at most, accidentally stabbed 21-year-old Rashaunda Fitzgerald, as he tried to get past her.

But prosecutors say Samuel plunged the knife into her chest up to its hilt after lying in wait outside the Goal Post Lounge in Georges Township.

That happened in February 2014, after Samuel and the victim’s brother had previously argued inside the bar.

Samuel faces a maximum 20- to 40-year prison term when he’s sentenced Nov. 13.

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