Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who said he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been convicted of murder.
The Record (http://bit.ly/1nRDibp ) reports that a Bergen County jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Tuesday before convicting 22-year-old Edwin Estrada, of Cliffside Park. He also was found guilty of weapons offenses, burglary, robbery and credit-card theft charges.
Prosecutors say Estrada attacked and robbed 88-year-old Vincent Leuzzi in the victim’s Fairview home in July 2010.
Estrada claimed he was not legally responsible for the murder because he was high on PCP and marijuana and was urged on by the voice of the devil.
Leuzzi died of blunt force trauma caused by at least nine blows.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com