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08/19/04

Second Conviction in Murder of Former Officer

The verdict is in for 24-year-old Chatham County inmate Leon McKinney. This morning, the jury ruled guilty. McKinney was on trial for killing fellow inmate Michael Deal in 2001. Yesterday, both the prosecution and defense rested and the jury began deliberating.

Police say McKinney and Joseph Williams--both in jail at the time--killed Deal because he learned of their escape plans. McKinney will now face life in prison. Williams had already been sentenced to death.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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