Man convicted in Michigan City murder

2013-08-15T18:45:00Z 2013-08-15T22:29:09Z Man convicted in Michigan City murderStan Maddux Times Correspondent
August 15, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A Michigan City man with a history of killing could face life in prison without parole for fatally shooting a victim, who was elderly.

Marzano Shelly, 35, was found guilty Wednesday night of murdering Charles Harper by a jury after six hours of deliberations.

The defense claimed the 73-year-old victim in January of 2012 was shot multiple times after making unwanted sexual advances.

Prosecutors, though, said robbery was the motive for Shelly.

"His story was full of half truths and falsehoods," said LaPorte County Deputy Prosecutor Michael Bergerson.

Defense attorney David Payne said Shelly, knowing the victim since childhood, viewed him as a mentor and occasionally they did things together like fishing.

Shelly was visiting inside the victim's Elston Street home on Michigan City's west side when he claimed that after turning down a request by Harper for sex the victim soon came up from behind him with a gun.

He said the gun went off during a physical altercation.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life without parole due to Shelly having two prior felony convictions for manslaughter and battery.

"I believe Mr. Shelly to be a dangerous man," Bergerson said.

Sentencing will take place at a later date.

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