Monday, May 11, 2009

Jury Rules Man Guilty In Process Server Slaying

Prosecutors Say Man Hit Process Server More Than 20 Times With Bat

DENVER -- Jurors returned a guilty verdict late Monday afternoon in the case of man accused of beating a process server to death with a baseball bat.

The jurors started deliberating Friday and continued Monday morning.

Forty-six-year-old James Whitler was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 57-year-old Stephen Allen.

Prosecutors said Whitler beat Allen with a baseball bat 20 times after Whitler delivered divorce papers.

Whitler's defense attorney Eric Vanatta said his client's actions were not premeditated and that he snapped amid a "hurricane of emotions" when Allen served him divorce papers at his Loveland home last year.

But prosecutors say Whitler had plenty of time to think about what he was doing.

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Jury Rules Man Guilty In Process Server Slaying


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