Jury convicts man accused of killing mechanic

- A Hennepin County District Court jury convicted a 25-year-old man accused of beating and stabbing to death a neighborhood mechanic who had been working on his car.

The jury deliberated for about 10 hours before finding Rondell Camp guilty of second degree murder and guilty of aggravating circumstances in the murder.

According to the criminal complaint, in January, police responded to an alley in the 3700 block of Aldrich Avenue North after getting reports Camp was crying out in pain from a leg injury. Officers later discovered 56-year-old Steve Parker Sr. dead in a garage. His injuries included broken facial bones, cuts on his head and a stab wound on his neck.

Camp's defense attorney said Camp fought in self-defense because Parker had a gun. The prosecution argued Parker didn't have his gun on him at the time. The gun was found on another side of the garage and didn't have blood on it.

Camp will be sentenced on October 23. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

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