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Jury Convicts Marshalltown Man in Murder

Updated: Wednesday, July 2 2014, 10:56 AM CDT
MARSHALLTOWN, IA (AP) A Marshall County jury has convicted a Marshalltown man of second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a minivan.
   Jurors took about three hours Tuesday before finding 40-year-old Mathew Irving guilty in the killing of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall, of Marshalltown, in July 2013. Her body was found in the back of a minivan parked on the side of a road just east of Marshalltown.
   Irving testified he didn't intend to kill Hall but was defending himself when she attacked him.
   Irving had been charged with first-degree murder.
   Second-degree murder has a mandatory-minimum sentence of 35 years in prison.
   A medical examiner testified Hall died after being smothered.
   Sentencing is set for Aug. 18.

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