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Guilty verdict in slaying of Kalamazoo antiques dealer

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A jury has found a man guilty on all counts in the robbery and slaying of a 74-year-old Kalamazoo antiques dealer. A second suspect awaits trial.

Deliberations began Friday and ended Tuesday when the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury found 21-year-old Antonio Livingston guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to rob.

The murder conviction carries an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole. Sentencing is March 25.

Prosecutors say Livingston was present when John Aguilar beat Robert Medema to death in August in his home.

 Livingston testified he thought he and Aguilar were going to pick up items for a garage sale. He says Aguilar told him to go through a window into Medema's house, but that he never thought a crime would occur.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A jury has the case of one of two men charged in the robbery and slaying of a 74-year-old Kalamazoo antiques dealer.

MLive.com reports deliberations began Friday and continue Tuesday in the case of 21-year-old Antonio Livingston.

Prosecutors say Livingston was present when Robert Medema was beaten to death in August in his home and aided John Aguilar in the crime. Livingston and Aguilar face open murder and other charges.

Livingston testified he took a ride from Aguilar and thought they were going to pick up items for a garage sale. He said Aguilar told him to go through a window into Medema's house, but that he never thought a crime was going to be committed.

Medema owned a downtown antique store. Aguilar's trial is expected later.

AP

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