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Man convicted of manslaughter, acquitted of murder in death

July 28, 2019

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A man has been acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter in a stabbing death at a New Jersey convenience store last year.

NorthJersey.com reports that jurors also convicted 34-year-old Damien Edwards of weapons possession Friday but acquitted him of resisting arrest.

Edwards testified during his Passaic County trial that he acted in self-defense when he stabbed 35-year-old Justin Parker, a former Paterson Catholic football star, at the Totowa QuickChek in 2018.

Authorities said the stabbing followed an angry encounter with Parker and another man in the store parking lot. They said Edwards and the other man had been involved in a road rage incident minutes earlier.

The passion provocation manslaughter conviction carries a penalty of five to 10 years. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 27.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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