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Yuma man found guilty in baseball bat death

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YUMA, AZ (AP) -

An Arizona man accused in a baseball beating death of Yuma man in a bizarre case of mistaken identity has been found guilty.

The Yuma Sun reports that a Yuma County jury found Manuel Bustamante guilty of two counts of first-degree murder Tuesday in connection with the death of 33-year-old Kendal Smith.

The jury also convicted Bustamante on charges of conspiracy to commit possession of narcotic drugs for sale, among other charges.

Yuma County deputies say that a group of men led by Bustamante beat Smith to death with a baseball bat in 2012 after accusing him of stealing drugs, although that later turned out to be false.

Sentencing is scheduled next month.

Bustamante faces life in prison.

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