Las Vegas Jury Convicts Man of Torture Killing

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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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