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Worcester Man Convicted of Killing College Student

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Worcester man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a college student in the neck during a drug-related robbery two years ago.

A jury deliberated for about three hours Tuesday before finding Donovan K. Smith guilty of murder and attempted armed robbery in the August 2010 slaying of 21-year-old Michelle Diaz.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Smith shot the Worcester State University student as she sat in her car in an attempt to rob her of marijuana and cash. Diaz died a week later.

A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Sentencing was scheduled for Wednesday to allow for victim impact statements.

Smith denied shooting Diaz.

Four other people, including Smith’s brother, face charges in Diaz’s death.


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