- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A South Texas man has been convicted in the fatal stabbing of a graduate student as she exercised at a San Antonio park on New Year’s Eve 2013.

Christian Bautista of San Antonio was convicted Tuesday of murder. The 31-year-old Bautista faces up to life in prison in the penalty phase beginning Wednesday.

The victim, 24-year-old Lauren Bump, attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and was jogging while visiting her family in San Antonio.

Bump’s relatives lived a few miles from O.P. Schnabel Park. Her body was discovered by some people walking on a paved trail.

Bautista did not testify. His attorneys declined to present any witnesses.

Bump was scheduled to graduate in 2014 from a physician assistant program. She held an undergraduate degree from McMurry University in Abilene.

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