FARGO, N.D. — A jury has convicted Ashley Hunter of murder and arson in the deaths of two people in Fargo.

KFGO-AM reports (http://bit.ly/2rBg28U ) the jury returned its verdict against Ashley Hunter on Friday afternoon. The Fargo man was charged in the hammer-beating death of 24-year=old Sam Traut and in the stabbing death of 45-year-old Clarence Flowers in 2015.

Authorities alleged that Hunter killed Flowers in a drug dispute. They say he killed Traut, who he didn’t know, early the next day due to drug-fueled paranoia. Hunter also was charged with arson for allegedly trying to burn down the apartment where Traut lived.

Traut was a recent North Dakota State University engineering graduate from Sartell, Minnesota.

Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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