A Knoxville man was found guilty Tuesday of third-degree murder in the beating death of an 11-year-old boy.
The jury deliberated two hours before reaching its verdict.
Anthony Lee Bush, 30, will be sentenced April 23.
According to the prosecution, Mr. Bush beat the son of his live-in girlfriend with sticks, metal rods and a belt throughout the day on Feb. 11, 2012.
Donovan McKee died early the next morning at UPMC Mercy. His mother, Cynthia McKee, returned home from work on Feb. 11 to find her son lying unresponsive on the couch. She waited one hour and 40 minutes before calling 911.
Ms. McKee pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will be sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel on March 27. She did not testify against Mr. Bush.
The defense argued that Mr. Bush is mentally ill from a lifetime of abuse and that he could not form the requisite intent to kill necessary for a first-degree murder conviction.
The District Attorneys Office released a statement from the McKee family: "The McKee family would like to thank the members of the jury in this trial for their hard work in the face of what was difficult, emotional and heart-wrenching testimony regarding the death of Donovan. We would also like everyone to know that [Donovan's brother] Vincere is now surrounded by our family and is being lovingly cared for."
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