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Jury finds Griffith guilty of second-degree murder

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Debora Flores Narvaez Debora Flores Narvaez
Jason Griffith Jason Griffith
LAS VEGAS -- The jury has found former Strip dancer Jason 'Blu' Griffith guilty of second-degree murder, meaning the jury did not believe there was any pre-planning by the defendant.

Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years.

Griffith murdered and dismembered his ex-girlfriend Debora Flores Narvaez, who was a dancer at the racy "Fantasy" revue at the Luxor.

She disappeared in December 2010. Her body was found in January 2011 in plastic bins filled with concrete. Griffith admitted to killing Narvaez, but says it was self defense. He told the jury he thought she was reaching for a gun in her purse on the night he killed her.

"I’m relieved in some type of way that we got some type of justice, it wasn't what I wanted of course, but at least it carries out a minimum of 10 years,” Debora's sister Celeste Flores Narvaez said. "I will fight for him to get more. I will be there for every parole hearing, for him never to see the light of day."

Prosecutors had asked for a conviction on first-degree murder charges.

Griffith's defense attorneys wanted the jury to consider a lesser voluntary manslaughter charge. Defense attorney, Jeff Banks, reached to out to the former dancer and placed his arm around his shoulders, after the verdict was read.

"There are some certain issues regarding admissibility of evidence that quite frankly we had a bone to pick with the court on those issues, and we fought hard with the government on those issues," Griffith’s attorney Jeff Banks said. "In our heart of hearts, we felt like there was more to show regarding their relationship and in our heart of hearts, we think it would have made even more of a difference."

The judge set the sentencing for July 23.

This is a developing story refresh this page for updates.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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