FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A jury in Frederick has convicted a man of first-degree murder for strangling his neighbor.

Fifty-three-year-old Antwine Snowden was convicted Tuesday, the second day of deliberations after three days of testimony. He was acquitted of robbery, the alleged motive for the crime. He’ll be sentenced June 2.

Sixty-one-year-old Gloria Fitzpatrick was found dead in her apartment above Snowden’s in Frederick in April 2013.

The Frederick News-Post ( ) reports that prosecutors say DNA found on Fitzpatrick’s neck pointed to Snowden as the killer.

An analysis indicated only that the DNA was from a male member of Snowden’s family. The defense said the evidence was weak.

Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman also argued the DNA could have transferred from some other object Snowden touched during his occasional visits to Fitzpatrick’s apartment.

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