Missouri man convicted in deadly 2009 hammer attack

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, April 06 2017 Apr 6, 2017 Thursday, April 06, 2017 7:40:00 AM CDT April 06, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

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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