Sunday, October 08, 2000

Man convicted of murdering his uncle

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — It took a Butler County jury less than two hours to convict James D. Sudberry of murder in the 1999 stabbing of his uncle, James L. Sudberry, 37.

        The jury began deliberat ing Saturday at 1:39 p.m. after hearing closing arguments. They returned with the verdict at 3:16 p.m.

        Mr. Sudberry will appear before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney on Oct. 23 for sentencing. He faces a possible sen tence of 15 years to life.

        Mr. Sudberry, 26, of Hamilton, was accused of stabbing his uncle to death in January 1999 with a pair of scissors. Police found his uncle's body in a garage on Maple Street.

        Mr. Sudberry and his un cle had been living together for several weeks in a house in Hamilton.

        Mr. Sudberry had claimed he was defending himself against an uncle he described as abusive.


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