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Man Guilty Of Fatally Shooting On-The-Job Meat Salesman

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors rejected claims from a southwest Florida man who claimed he shot a meat salesman in self-defense.

The Lee County jury found 53-year-old Kenneth Roop guilty Thursday of second-degree murder. He faces a possible life sentence at an Oct. 7 hearing.

Authorities say 30-year-old Nicholas Rainey knocked on Roop's door last summer, trying to sell him meat. As Rainey was walking back down the driveway, Roop pulled up in his truck.

Roop claimed he believed Rainey was trying to break into his home and that Rainey appeared to be reaching for something when Roop shot Rainey in the shoulder and in the head.

Prosecutors said Roop shot Rainey because Roop was mad that Rainey was in his driveway.


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