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Man convicted of killing his neighbor in Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. – A 62-year-old Carthage man has been found guilty of fatally shooting his neighbor. Ricky Marchbanks was convicted Wednesday of killing 38-year-old Jeremy Neeper in 2016.

Marchbanks claimed the shooting was self-defense because Neeper was pointing a gun at him. But prosecutors said during the trial that no gun was found at the scene and Marchbanks fled the area.

They also said Marchbanks left a phone message before the shooting saying he was going to kill Neeper because Neeper had tipped over Marchbanks’ lawnmower. First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence in Missouri of life without parole.

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