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Man found guilty of murder in death of Calgary Stampeder

Last Updated Mar 11, 2019 at 5:59 pm PDT

Summary

Three years after Mylan Hicks was killed, Nelson Lugela has been found guilty of second-degree murder

Hicks, 23, was shot twice and died in the hospital

CALGARY – A judge has found man guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of a Calgary Stampeders football player.

Nelson Lugela, 21, was charged after Mylan Hicks was killed outside the Marquee Beer Market in Calgary in September 2016.

The judge said he is confident beyond a reasonable doubt that Lugela was the killer.

The trial was told that several Stampeders, including Hicks, had been celebrating a victory over Winnipeg in a game hours earlier. A disagreement over a spilled drink in the bar intensified after closing time in the parking lot.

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Witnesses testified that after some pushing and shoving, a person who appeared to be holding a handgun opened fire at Hicks as he was running for cover. The 23-year-old was hit twice, in the abdomen and chest, and died in hospital.

Lugela will be sentenced on May 10. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison without parole.

– With files from CityNews