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Northwest Arizona man convicted in shooting death of neighbor

A Golden Valley, Arizona, man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor.

The jury spent only 20 minutes deliberating before returning the guilty verdict in the case against 64-year-old Philip Martin in Kingman on Thursday.

Martin claimed self-defense in the shooting death of 55-year-old Steven Schwartz nearly four years ago.

Martin was convicted of second-degree murder in his first trial, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison before the case was overturned on appeal.

The first-degree murder conviction in this second trial dictates that Martin will be given a natural life prison term when sentenced Aug. 1.

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