August 28, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man has been convicted for the stabbing death of an Air Force veteran and wounding of another man during a New Year's party brawl nearly two years ago.
An Orange County jury on Wednesday convicted 23-year-old Adam Randy Baker of second-degree murder and attempted murder.
City News Service says Baker faces 24 years to life in prison when he's sentenced in February.
Baker stabbed to death 27-year-old Robert Sickles and wounded 26-year-old Brian McTeigue during a fight at the Costa Mesa Hilton Hotel early on Jan. 1, 2011.
Baker had flicked a cigarette into the crowd as the party was winding down and he was confronted by Sickles and McTeigue.
The defense said Baker pulled a knife in self-defense.
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