ST. GEORGE — A 29-year-old man faces up to life in prison after being convicted of murder, a first-degree felony, in the fatal stabbing of a St. George woman with a decorative sword in her apartment.
The Spectrum reports that jurors on Friday convicted Kevin Ray Mcatlin in the killing of Elizabeth Carter, 33.
Court records indicate the jury deliberated for 2 ½ hours Friday.Comment on this story
Mcatlin didn't dispute he killed Carter but defense attorney Edward Flint argued that special mitigation circumstances existed that would have resulted in Mcatlin being convicted of manslaughter, a lesser charge.
Flint said Carter provoked Mcatlin by slapping him after he accused her of stealing drugs and other belongings of his.
Carter was found dead in a bathtub covered by blankets and a couch cushion. An autopsy determined that she suffered 16 puncture wounds to her neck, a puncture wound to the back of her shoulder and four slash marks on the back of her neck, charging documents state.
Sentencing is set for May 22. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years to life.