Joseph Mauti (photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Department)

Joseph Mauti (photo: Oakland County Sheriff’s Department)

PONTIAC (WWJ) – An Oakland County jury has convicted an Independence Township man in the fatal beating of his wife with a baseball bat in 2015.

Joseph Mauti, 34, was charged with first degree murder in the death of Lindsey Mauti – but the jury Thursday evening returned a guilty verdict on the lesser charge of second degree murder. First degree would require that the killing had been pre-meditated.

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He also was found guilty of animal cruelty in the death of the family dog.

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Lindsey Mauti, 30, was found dead on May 20, 2015, in the garage of the family home in the Cheshire Park subdivision, near Sashabaw Rd., by deputies sent for a welfare check after she didn’t show up for work. The dog was found dead nearby, also the victim of severe blunt force trauma, according to investigators.

The couple’s two children — a 2-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy — were found inside the house  with their father, but they were unharmed. Joseph Mauti, who record show had a previous conviction for domestic violence, was arrested at the scene.

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He will be sentenced next month.