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Man Convicted in Ambush Slaying

A jury found a Durham man guilty of killing Adam Lutz two years ago. Prosecutors said Lutz was lured to a wooded area for a drug deal.

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham man was found guilty Thursday of ambushing and killing a Roxboro man two years ago.

Michael Harrison Hunt Jr., 20, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder in the Aug. 8, 2006, shooting death of Adam Christopher Lutz.

Lutz, 20, was lured to a Durham neighborhood for a drug deal while Hunt and another man were waiting in some nearby woods, prosecutors said. The two men then shot Lutz in the back of the head while he sat in his car, prosecutors said.

Tyrone Lamont Baker, 20, also is charged with murder in the case and is awaiting trial.

Nicole L. Smith, 18, who prosecutors said set the trap for Lutz, pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in exchange for her testimony against Hunt and Baker.

Janeen Webb, 17, and Stephen Kyle Knight, 20, pleaded guilty in October to felony obstruction of justice in the case for helping Hunt and the second shooter flee the area in a getaway car.

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