Osage, Iowa (AP) – A Hampton man has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend.
The jury in Osage found 61-year-old Ronald Rand guilty on Friday after three hours of deliberation.
Rand had pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this year in the Dec. 13 shotgun death of 51-year-old Michelle Key in Rand’s home.
Authorities had said Rand told police he and Key were arguing before she was shot. But at his trial, Rand said he and Key had been in good spirits when he was showing her the gun. He said it went off after Keys grabbed the gun.
Rand’s trial was moved from Franklin County to Mitchell County because of pretrial publicity.