Sep 19, 2011 9:16 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Man convicted in woman's beating death

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A jury deliberated for about an hour before returning a unanimous guilty verdict in the second-degree murder trial of Louis Joseph George, who was accused in the 1989 attack that left a woman lingering in a 12-year coma until her death in 2001.
George now faces a mandatory life sentence in the killing of Michelle Steven, who was found unconscious in her Lafayette home on the morning of April 1, 1989.
Over the two-day trial which ended Friday, jurors heard from a DNA expert who testified that George could not be excluded from a bloodstain found on Steven's pants; and a fingerprint expert who testified George's fingerprints were found on a bathroom window outside Steven's home.
The Advocate reports George will be sentenced Sept. 29.


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