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Lake Charles man charged in 2013 death of his girlfriend found guilty of manslaughter

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LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A Lake Charles man charged in the 2013 death of his girlfriend has been found guilty of a lesser charge.

The American Press reports (http://tinyurl.com/pntqedo ) a state court jury deliberated just over 2 ½ hours Thursday before finding 49-year-old Dwane Edward Fox guilty of manslaughter.

Fox had admitted beating up and strangling his sometimes girlfriend.

The body of 48-year-old Mychel Cleaver was found dumped in a ditch south of Lake Charles. Her body was found the next day.

Defense attorneys Andy Casanave and Ralph Williams said Fox acted in self-defense.

Fox, who did not testify, will be sentenced Nov. 26.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder.


Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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