- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Jurors have convicted a Cedar Rapids man in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend in a supermarket parking lot.

KCRG-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1MHfpKq ) the Linn County jury on Monday convicted 32-year-old Nicholas Luerkens of first-degree murder in the killing of 29-year-old Lynnsey Donald.

During the trial, jurors watched surveillance video of the April 21 attack. Officials say Luerkens stabbed Donald dozens of times.

Prosecutors say he had been following her for months before the attack.

Defense lawyers say Luerkens was overusing an antidepressant drug, which contributed to diminished mental capacity during the attack.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 8. The conviction has a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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