Man Convicted in Wichita Bar Owner's Slaying

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A jury has convicted 21-year-old Donovan Thompson in the June 2007 shooting death of a Wichita bar owner.

After deliberating for about five hours Monday, the jurors found Thompson guilty of second-degree murder instead of the more serious
charge of first-degree murder. Thompson shot and killed 42-year-old Teresa Hastings at the Half-Time Sports Bar.

Hastings was shot after refusing to allow Thompson and several other people into the bar after the group got into a gang-related fight at the entrance.

Thompson also was found guilty of aggravated battery for shooting and wounding a man who was one of Hastings' employees.

Sentencing is scheduled for next month.

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