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Guilty Verdict In Slaying Of K-Zoo Antiques Dealer

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KALAMAZOO (WWJ/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.  A 16-year-old runaway, who’d been staying with Aguilar, testified that Aguilar and Livingston had told her to watch for Medema the day of his death — but said she didn’t know they’d planned to kill him.

Livingston testified he thought he and Aguilar were just 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 would occur.

Aguilar is scheduled to go on trial in April.

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