Tampa man guilty in samurai sword killing

10:28 AM, Apr 3, 2008   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa jury has found a man guilty of second-degree murder in a samurai sword attack on his estranged wife's boyfriend.

Prosecutors said 47-year-old Willie Tarpley Jr. fatally stabbed Lee Alexander because he was enraged his family had fallen apart.

Tarpley's attorneys argued their client simply wanted to protect his young daughters from the boyfriend, who was a registered sex offender. They say he didn't mean to kill him.

The attack took place May 12th and authorities say the samurai had a 42-inch blade.

Sentencing in the case is set for April 23rd.

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