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Man, 19, Guilty Of Murder In Yale Knife Attack

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Skinner family home is seen following the stabbings (WWJ Photo)

Skinner family home is seen following the stabbings (WWJ Photo)

PORT HURON (AP) – A 19-year-old St. Clair County man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the knife slaying of a Yale man. The Times Herald in Port Huron reports a jury returned its verdict Friday for Jonathon Kurtz.

Kurtz also was found guilty of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He faces mandatory life in prison when sentenced July 25.
Paul Skinner died after being stabbed Nov. 12 in his Yale home, about 85 miles northeast of Detroit. His wife, Mara Skinner, also was stabbed. She survived.
Kurtz, 19-year-old James Preston and 18-year-old Tia Skinner were arrested.

A prosecutor has said the couple was attacked after forbidding Tia Skinner to see to see Kurtz and confiscating her cell phone.

Preston’s trial is next month. Tia Skinner’s trial is in August.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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