Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 --- 9:16p.m.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A jury has convicted a 45-year-old man of murdering a woman whose body was found in La Crosse.
Jurors deliberated for more than two hours Wednesday before convicting Izelia Golatt of first-degree intentional homicide.
Golatt was accused in the death of 35-year-old Kristen Rodgers. Her body was found in a dirt lot last March.
A medical examiner testified that Rodgers was strangled. But the defense maintained the victim overdosed on cocaine.
The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/QVKYVT) reports the conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. But it will be up to the judge to determine if Golatt could eventually be eligible for parole.
Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
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