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Woman stabbed 54 times by 21-year-old neighbor

March 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM   |   Comments

March 28 (UPI) -- A 21-year-old Michigan man was convicted of murdering and torturing his 28-year-old neighbor by a Saginaw, Michigan jury Wednesday.

MLive.com reports, Lashon T. Hollman was arrested on charges of dropping a television set on Cassandra Nelson and then stabbing her 54 times inside her apartment at 923 N. Harrison on Saginaw's West Side on February 1, 2012.

After a week and half of court hearings, the jury of eight women and four men took less 15 minutes to deliberate and convict Hollman of first-degree premeditated murder, torture, and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.

A County Medical Examiner who testified during the trial said Nelson probably fell unconscious after being hit with the television set, stopped breathing and aspirated -- drowned in her own blood -- after a couple of minutes. Nelson's body was then stabbed 54 times in the upper back, back and neck. Police found the bloody knife underneath Nelson's bed.

Hollman, who at first denied his involvement in the incident, lowered his head and cried when the verdict was read. He is scheduled for a May 9 sentencing hearing before Saginaw County Circuit Judge Darnell Jackson, who also presided over the trial.

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