A San Miguel County jury has convicted Louis "Louie" Benavidez of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of Kevin Duran.
The verdict was read by District Judge Eugenio Mathis at about 2 p.m. Friday, less than four hours after the jury began deliberating.
Benavidez, 56, was also convicted of tampering with evidence in the case. His public defender, Stephen Mcilwain, said the verdict will be appealed.
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