- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

DILLON, Mont. (AP) - A 51-year-old woman who said she was acting in self-defense when she stabbed a Butte man at a southwestern Montana campground has been convicted of deliberate homicide.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/1Kg9Hog ) jurors deliberated for about four hours Friday before finding Sandra Cantrell guilty in the August 2014 death of Mark Robert Mullen at a campground near Wise River.

Cantrell testified Thursday that she stabbed Mullen after he made a sexual advance toward her. Her common-law partner Christopher Lee Stiles pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide in March and is serving a 50-year prison sentence. He testified Wednesday that he hit Mullen with a stick after Cantrell stabbed him.

Mullen’s body was dragged into the weeds near the campsite. Stiles and Cantrell were arrested in Mullen’s motorhome in Missoula.


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