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Mohave County man convicted in death of neighbor

KINGMAN, Ariz. — A Mohave County man has been convicted of second-degree
murder in the shooting of a neighbor he believed had been trespassing by driving
on his driveway.

A jury in Kingman on Thursday convicted 61-year-old Philip John Martin in the
Oct. 18, 2012 shotgun shooting of 55-year-old Steven Schwartz.

Schwartz was shot while walking unarmed toward Martin’s home after he stopped
and got out of his vehicle. The dying man told a sheriff’s deputy that Martin
was the shooter.

Martin testified that he feared for his life the day he shot Schwartz, but
prosecutor James Schoppmann said Schwartz did nothing that gave Martin the right
to kill.

Martin faces between 10 and 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 8.

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