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Man sentenced to life for double killing in St. Louis

July 21, 2018

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who claimed he killed two friends in self-defense has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 21-year-old Rey Hernandez was convicted in April of two counts of first-degree murder and other counts in the October 2015 shooting. Hernandez had testified that he grabbed 23-year-old James Cobb Jr.’s gun during a struggle and shot Cobb and 22-year-old Haris Hajdarevic out of fear.

At the time, Hernandez was dating the mother of Cobb’s then 1-year-old son. Hernandez and Cobb had exchanged taunts on Facebook before the shooting. Hernandez said Cobb should “stop running from his responsibilities as a father.” Cobb and his ex-girlfriend were in a custody dispute.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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