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May 11, 2010 6:31 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Update: Teen will spend life in prison for killing homeless man

A Colorado Springs jury has found a teen-aged homeless man guilty of murder in the beating death of another homeless man. The verdict came Tuesday afternoon after the jury deliberated just two hours.

"I don't I've ever had a homicide trial come back so quickly, but I think evidence was just very clear," says Amy Fitch, Senior Deputy District Attorney.

Taylor Gwaltney will spend life in prison without parole for the crime. 

Gwaltney was 18 when he killed David Doyle, 55, on February 5, 2009.  Doyle had been sleeping on the pedestrian bridge over I-25, near Monument Valley Park. His battered body was found near the bridge.

"He came back to the bridge with a bat and beat him while he slept.  There was no provocation, no reason for this crime, and that's a frightening prospect," says Fitch.

Defense Attorney Cindy Jones, acknowledged during closing arguments Doyle's blood was found on Gwaltney's pants, but argued that fact didn't prove he was the killer.

 

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