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Man convicted in shooting that killed 2, wounded 1

December 19, 2018

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A 48-year-old man has been convicted of shooting two people to death and wounding another in an upstate New York village last summer.

A Seneca County Court jury on Tuesday found Emerson “John” Tohafjian (toh-HAHF’-gee-in) of Varick guilty of 18 charges stemming from the July shooting in Waterloo.

Authorities say he shot 45-year-old Charlie Andrus of Seneca Falls, 53-year-old Lori McConnell and 50-year-old Karen Zdunko. McConnell, described as Tohafjian’s ex-girlfriend, and Andrus died.

Tohafjian surrendered to police the next morning at a nearby campground.

Defense attorney Frank Ciardi suggested someone else committed the crimes and called the state police investigation a “witch hunt” in comments to the jury.

Tohafjian faces life in prison when he’s sentenced in February.

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