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A judge has determined that a northwestern Pennsylvania man is guilty of first-degree murder in the beating death of his alleged drug dealer with a baseball bat.
According to the Associated Press, Robert Quick acknowledged killing Aderian Page Sr., but said he didn't mean to kill him and was only trying to render the man unconscious during a dispute.
The Erie Times-News has reported that after hearing all the evidence, Judge John Garhart had to decide whether the 49-year-old Quick would be convicted of first-degree murder, premeditated murder or third-degree murder.
Prosecutors said that in Feb. 2012, Quick bludgeoned Page to death with an aluminum baseball bat and then dragged his body into an area behind his house.
Quick told officials that he had beaten the 35-year-old Page in a fight and dragged his body away after the two had a heated dispute over crack.
Page’s family members are satisfied with the guilty verdict. Many of them were in attendance Tuesday when the decision was read.
Quick will be sentenced in March and faces life in prison.