2014-09-05 / State

Third-degree murder conviction in car wash slaying

EBENSBURG (AP) — A man has been convicted of third-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend at a western Pennsylvania car wash a year ago.

Jurors in Cambria County deliberated for a little more than four hours before reaching a verdict Wednesday in the trial of Demetrius Gibson, 22, of Johnstown.

Prosecutors were seeking a first-degree murder conviction in the August 2013 slaying of Elizabeth Ann Miller, 21, in the parking lot of the Dollar Car Wash in Johnstown.

Jurors also convicted Gibson of aggravated assault and reckless endangering but acquitted him of another aggravated assault count.

Defense attorney Thomas Dickey said he had hoped for another outcome but was glad that his client wouldn’t face a life term. He had argued that the stabbing was not intentional.

The (Johnstown) Tribune- Democrat says Miller’s mother expressed satisfaction as the verdict was read but would not comment as she left the courtroom.

Prosecutors say Gibson could face a sentence of 20 to 40 years. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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