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Man found guilty of murder in Marshalltown killing last year

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a man first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of another man last year in Marshalltown.

Mustafa Muhammad, 31, of Marshalltown, was convicted Wednesday of the murder count, as well as a count of reckless use of a firearm, for the March 2020 death of 27-year-old Blake Thomas.

Police said a 37-year-old woman also suffered a minor injury in the shooting.

Muhammad has claimed the shooting was in self-defense. He faces a mandatory life term in prison when he’s sentenced next month.