Missouri man convicted in deadly 2009 hammer attack
CLAYTON (AP) — A Missouri man has been found guilty of fatally beating his uncle with a hammer.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 38-year-old Jason Ayansu was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder in the 2009 killing of 63-year-old Levi Battley. Prosecutors said Ayansu attacked his uncle during a fight outside an apartment of a friend. St. Louis County jurors also found Ayansu guilty of attempted kidnapping, resisting arrest and two counts of armed criminal action.
Ayansu had been held at a state psychiatric facility for several years but was deemed competent to stand trial.
Sentencing is set for June 9.
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