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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Is murder a hate crime? It all depends on whom you kill.

You probably haven't heard this one, have you?

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) -- A jury has convicted a trucker of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of an abortion protester and a businessman in a small Michigan community.

The jury found Harlan Drake guilty Thursday, rejecting his insanity defense at trial in Shiawassee County, 25 miles west of Flint. The 34-year-old faces life in prison without parole.

Drake testified for hours, admitting he killed James Pouillon and Mike Fuoss last September.

Drake testified that he didn't like Pouillon regularly standing outside Owosso High School with a picture of a dead fetus.

Drake's mother had formerly worked at Fuoss' gravel business and had disputes with the owner.

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