- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A jury has found a Beckley man guilty of fatally shooting his girlfriend’s husband.

The Register-Herald (https://bit.ly/2faiezy ) reports that 49-year-old Michael Stines was found guilty of first-degree murder and wanton endangerment on Wednesday. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In 2013, Stines fatally shot 39-year-old Christopher Ward at Ward’s home in Beaver.

According to testimony, Stines entered the residence with a gun. He then fought with Ward and shot him.

The defense argued that Stines acted in self-defense. The prosecution pointed out that Christopher sustained multiple lacerations on his head, while Stines sustained only one minor injury.

Defense attorney Kris Kostenko says he plans to appeal the conviction.


Information from: The Register-Herald, https://www.register-herald.com

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