Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tucson, AZ: Tucson man faces life in prison after being convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson man is facing life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Pima County prosecutors say a jury rejected Scott Mediz's claim that he killed his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend in self-defense.

The Arizona Daily Star ( says the 33-year-old Mediz will get a life prison sentence with or without the possibility of parole on Oct. 29.

Authorities say Mediz brutally beat 30-year-old Jerry Lewis when he arrived at his girlfriend's home on Nov. 21, 2010.

They say Lewis was later stuffed into a car and died of positional asphyxiation.

Mediz's lawyer told jurors that Lewis was armed with a box cutter and a bat and Mediz acted in self-defense.

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