Jury convicts man accused of strangling, beating woman to death in Longmont in 1999


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BOULDER, Colorado — A jury has convicted a man accused of beating and strangling a woman to death in Longmont in 1999.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1wSxsMk ) 48-year-old Abel Lujan was found guilty Monday of second-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Bernadine Frost, whose body was found in an alley.

Frost was found lying on her back in the snow with a beer bottle in her hand, and an investigation determined the position appeared to have been staged after her death.

An autopsy revealed Frost died from strangulation but also suffered internal injuries that would have proved fatal. Investigators said they originally didn't have enough evidence to arrest Lujan, and the case was put on hold. It was reopened in 2011, and police arrested Lujan in 2013.

Lujan's attorneys argued he accidentally killed Frost during a jealous rage.

Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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