Man Who Killed Co-Worker, Dumped Body Convicted

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who authorities say fatally shot a co-worker, put his body in a cardboard box and accidentally taped his work ID to the box has been convicted of murder.

A D.C. jury on Friday convicted 38-year-old Marvin Palencia of Hyattsville, Md., in the 2010 slaying of 36-year-old Jacobo Vazquez of Washington.

According to the government’s evidence, Palencia was angry because Vazquez was having a relationship with Palencia’s estranged wife. Prosecutors say on Nov. 11, 2010, Palencia shot Vazquez in the head in the laundry room in a downtown office building where the two worked.

Authorities say Palencia put Vazquez’s body in a cardboard box and duct-taped it shut, unknowingly attaching his work ID card to the box.

Vazquez’s body was found on Interstate 70 in Frederick County, Md.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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