- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man will spend life in prison after a judge ruled he committed first-degree murder when stabbing his girlfriend, not a lesser degree of murder or manslaughter.

Thirty-year-old Andrew Messner pleaded guilty last month to criminal homicide, acknowledging he caused the death of 25-year-old Dilara Ozan in his Bensalem home in September.

That set the stage for a three-day trial before a Bucks County judge who ruled on the degree of Messner’s guilt.

Messner denied purposely killing Ozan, saying his capacity was diminished by mental health issues and a dayslong drug and alcohol binge.

Bur prosecutors argued Messner knew exactly what he was doing, because he moved Ozan’s body into the bathtub, where it would be easier to clean up the crime scene.

The judge ruled Thursday.

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