- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A Prince George’s County jury has convicted a Maryland man of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 killing of his stepfather.

Multiple news outlets report 30-year-old Antwan James was convicted Tuesday in the death of 46-year-old Joseph Newell following an argument over yard work.

Officials say Newell, a District of Columbia detective, was shot 18 times outside the family’s home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. James’ mother, Bernadette James-Newell, testified last week that it was, indeed, her son who shot her husband after an argument.

The jury says James was guilty of involuntary manslaughter after the defense argued that James suffered from depression and was intoxicated during the altercation. The defense says James had smoked synthetic marijuana and consumed alcohol earlier that day.

Officials say James will be sentenced Nov. 19.


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