Man convicted of killing former mother-in-law

October 10, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Carroll County man accused of stabbing to death his former mother-in-law in front of his two children was found guilty of murder yesterday.

A Carroll County Circuit Court jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Leon A. Costley Jr. guilty of first- and second-degree murder and weapons offenses in the death of Helga Nicholls on Aug. 14, 2002. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek a life sentence with no chance for parole for Costley.

Judge Michael M. Galloway scheduled sentencing for Jan. 7.

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