St. Louis Man Convicted in Woman's Murder
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis man has been convicted of killing a woman and wounding another man in a case that he claimed was self-defense.
Forty-seven-year-old Steven J. Stafford was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and three other counts in the February 2011 death of 38-year-old Joy McCully and the wounding of 29-year-old Jevon Strayhorn.
Prosecutors say the shooting occurred after a confrontation at McCully's home.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Stafford's attorney argued that Strayhorn started the fight and Stafford fired in self-defense. He contended McCully was caught in the crossfire.
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