Rapid City jury convicts man in parking lot killing



    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Jurors in Rapid City have convicted a man of shooting another man to death in a motel parking lot.
 
    After two days of deliberations, the jury on Tuesday afternoon found 30-old Charles Birds Head guilty of manslaughter in the Jan. 7 killing of 33-year-old Eustacio Maruffo at the South Dakota Rose Inn.
 
     During closing arguments Monday, defense attorney Jamy Patterson argued that Birds Head was lured to the motel for a beating and acted in self-defense. But prosecutor Mark Vargo said Birds Head knew what he was doing when he took a shotgun to the motel that night with the intent to sell drugs, and that Maruffo's death was not justifiable.
    
     
 AP-WF-08-07-13 0007GMT
 

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Locations : Rapid CitySouth Dakota
People : Eustacio MaruffoJamy PattersonMark Vargo
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