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Man Convicted of Killing Quadriplegic Roommate

June 3, 1987

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ A man who said he was trying to commit suicide when he shot and killed his quadriplegic roommate has been convicted of second-degee murder in the death.

An Oakland County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday found Carroll Gene Duncan, 30, of Auburn Hills, guilty of second-degree murder and using a firearm while committing a felony.

He was convicted in the Sept. 17 slaying of Jody Lee Michalak, who lived with Duncan in a mobile home. After he was arrested, Duncan told officers he was depressed and planned to kill himself. He said the gun went off while he was inspecting it.

Bruce Thornburn, Duncan’s lawyer, said he would appeal. Duncan, who faces up to life in prison, is scheduled to sentenced June 23.

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