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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Washington County jury has convicted a Hagerstown man of second-degree murder in the death of his roommate.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that the jury acquitted Darrell Hicks, 54, of first-degree murder on Friday.

Prosecutors say Hicks stabbed Darrin Pressman, 45, six times in May 2011, then stashed the body in a bedroom before the victim’s girlfriend visited days later and found the decomposing remains lying partly inside a closet.

The jury wasn’t allowed to hear about a confession Hicks allegedly made to police. The judge threw out the statement because police had continued questioning Hicks after he invoked his right to remain silent.

Hicks didn’t testify during the trial.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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