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The jury has found Michael Pearce guilty of manslaughter in the beating death of his boyfriend, Stuart Mark.
The jury took less than two hours to reach the decision. Family members of Mark were in tears following the verdict.
Pearce will be sentenced later this year. He will remain free on bail, as he has been for nearly 5 years. The Crown says they will seek a "significant penitentiary term" for Pearce.
Pearce admitted to the January 2007 slaying of Stuart Mark, but later claimed he was coerced into a bogus confession.
Crown and defence lawyers made their final arguments Wednesday following a month-long trial.
Mark, 36, was found bludgeoned to death inside his Alfred Avenue home.
Pearce, 43, went to police in July 2007 and took responsibility for the death. He claimed the killing took place after he became upset when Mark revealed he was HIV positive.
Crown attorney Melinda Murray has told jurors Pearce's statement is the key piece of evidence against him. There are no forensic or eyewitness links to the slaying.
Murray told jurors the Crown believes Pearce hit him in the head with a golf club, then stabbed him in the stomach, causing puncture wounds to his liver and lungs.
"The argument was as a result of Stuart Mark revealing to him for the first time that he was HIV positive," Murray said. "(Pearce) admits to being very angry at Stuart Mark."
The homicide went unsolved for several months and resulted in Winnipeg police making a public plea for information. Pearce was interviewed on several occasions and eventually gave a videotaped confession, which jurors were shown during the trial.
Pearce now says he had attempted suicide and overdosed on 14 Tylenol No. 3s just prior to giving his statement to police. He told court the officers "coaxed" him into admitting responsibility.
Jurors also heard during the trial that Pearce volunteered to take a polygraph test five days before he confessed to killing Mark. In the test, Pearce denied any involvement in the slaying and was deemed by police to have been telling the truth.
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