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Virginia man convicted in 2 deaths; to be tried for 2 more

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man has been convicted of murder in the 2012 killing of a couple.

The Virginian-Pilot quotes prosecutors as saying 37-year-old Winston Bernard Black Jr. fatally stabbed James David Gough Jr., who they say had come to buy drugs from him. Prosecutors say Black then went up the street and stabbed Gough's girlfriend, Ann Marie Dozier Gilkerson, at least 123 times. Black was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder of Gilkerson and second-degree murder of Gough.

Defense attorney Dianne Ringer told jurors the prosecution's case shouldn't be trusted, citing inconsistencies in witness testimonies. Prosecutor Cedric Wiggins said testimonies were consistent when it mattered.

The jury has recommended a 70-year sentence for Black. He'll be sentenced on March 19.

Black also will face murder trials later this month and next for two other unrelated killings.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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