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Man convicted of beating, choking wife to death

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Derrick McLaurence Williams (Courtesy: Cobb County District Attorney's Office) Derrick McLaurence Williams (Courtesy: Cobb County District Attorney's Office)

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta man has been found guilty of beating and choking his wife to death in their Smyrna home in 2012.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said jurors took just over two hours to convict 32-year-old Derrick McLaurence Williams of malice murder, felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the killing of his wife, 33-year-old Finesse Dawson. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The death happened in their Smyrna home northwest of Atlanta on Dec. 5, 2012.

Prosecutors said Williams fled Georgia after the killing but was captured by U.S. Marshals on a Greyhound bus in Reno, Nev., on Dec. 12, 2012.

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