Chesnee man guilty of killing 8-year-old girl


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A Spartanburg County jury deliberated just 20 minutes before convicting a Chesnee man in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl.

Fifty-five-year-old Ricky Lee Blackwell Sr. was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and murder in the 2009 death of Brooke Center.

The same jury will return Thursday afternoon to determine whether Blackwell should die for the crimes.

Prosecutors said Blackwell killed the girl in an act of revenge. Brooke was the daughter of Bobby Center. At the time, Center was in a relationship with Blackwell's estranged wife, Angela Davis, who has since divorced Blackwell.

Davis testified against Blackwell on Tuesday.

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