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Apex Man Convicted of Murder

Posted November 29, 2007 10:41 p.m. EST

— A jury's conviction will likely land a Wake County man with a history of violence his first jail term.

Jurors found Jamie Antwon Mitchell, 29, of Apex, guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Demetric Farrar Horton, 31, of Apex, on Jan. 21.

Police said Horton intervened while Mitchell was attacking his girlfriend. Mitchell then turned on Horton and shot him.

Sentencing will be held Friday. Prosecutors had urged jurors to give Mitchell a life sentence. He had originally been charged with first-degree murder.

After the shooting, Mitchell fled to Gloversville, New York, where U.S. Marshals arrested him four days later.

Mitchell was charged with the 1997 slaying of two migrant workers in Morrisville. In 1999, he accepted a deal and plead guilty to lesser charges of armed robbery. He received a suspended sentence and probation and served no additional jail time.