September 16, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man accused of a gruesome torture slaying in
2006 has been found guilty of first-degree murder.
A jury convicted Corey Pearce Friday for the slaying of 42-year-old Michael McClain.
Pearce was the third person to face trial in what has been called the "diary slaying." He faces a potential death sentence.
Authorities say Pearce killed McClain by hammering a screwdriver into his skull after beating him in a Las Vegas condominium.
Last year, 26-year-old Cassandra Thomas and 33-year-old Joey Salas were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to prison.
Thomas' diary, with graphic accounts of the slaying, was found when she and Pearce were arrested in June 2006 in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
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