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Jury convicts teen who killed father, a South Miami city commissioner


After five days of testimony chronicling Jason Beckman’s boiling hatred of his father, a South Miami commissioner, jurors spent just two hours to reach their conclusion.

It was no accident. Beckman murdered his father with a close-range shotgun blast to the face in April 2009.

Jurors on Monday night convicted Beckman, 21, of first-degree murder with a firearm. Prosecutors said they will seek a life sentence.

Beckman grimaced when the clerk read the verdict. As the 12-person jury filed out of the courtroom, the gangly young man glared at the ground, stuffed his hands in his pocket and muttered to himself as corrections officers handcuffed him.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rodney Smith on Tuesday will set a future sentencing date.

Monday’s verdict followed an afternoon of dramatic closing arguments and more than four years of legal wrangling.

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