Champaign man found guilty of first-degree murder

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URBANA - Authorities say a Champaign man accused in the shooting death of a friend has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

A jury returned the guilty verdict against Micah Hopkins, 30, after about five hours of deliberation.  Hopkins had claimed self-defense in the shooting death of 26-year-old Allen Redding in June 2014.  

According to Hopkins, the two had a dispute over who was paying for a car being rented by Redding, who then reached for a gun.  Hopkins says he then reached for his own gun and shot.  Authorities say Redding was shot eight times.

Hopkins is scheduled to be sentenced on May 13.  He faces life in prison for the first-degree murder conviction.
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