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Man found guilty in '06 death of Calif. officer

San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A jury Wednesday found Alberto Alvarez guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of East Palo Alto police officer Richard May, a fatal encounter that began with a chase from a fight near a taqueria, ending in a neighborhood driveway scuffle and a gunfire exchange.

The six-woman, six-man jury deliberated six hours before announcing its verdict. The case will now enter a penalty phase, in which the same jurors will decide whether to sentence the 26-year-old man to death. The guilty verdict includes the special circumstance of killing an officer in the line of duty. Alvarez faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, or death row.

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