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May 24, 2013 9:26 AM by AP

Lake Charles man found guilty of killing cousin

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 41-year-old Lake Charles man accused of killing his cousin has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

The American Press reports a jury of eight women and four men deliberated about two hours Thursday before voting 10-2 to convict Eric Bello.

Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence.

Prosecutors say Bello shot and killed Pauline Bryant on Nov. 4, 2008.

Bello took the stand in his own defense Thursday. He said he was in an illicit relationship with Bryant, his first cousin.

He said he shot Bryant after an argument about her talking to another man.

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