FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Flagstaff man has been found guilty in the stabbing death of his landlord.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports it took less than three hours for jurors to convict 23-year-old James Womble of second-degree murder.
Womble also accepted aggravation charges for bringing emotional harm to the family of 63-year-old Peter Gillespie. As a result, he could receive a stiffer sentence.
Womble is facing the possibility of anywhere from 10 to 25 years in prison.
Authorities say Womble and Gillespie were fighting over past-due rent in July 2017 when Womble stabbed him with scissors several times.
Womble, who called 911 after the incident, claimed he was acting in self-defense after the victim started to choke him.
Womble will be sentenced June 5.