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Man convicted of killing Arkansas woman in Okla.

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 16:02:12-04

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) -- A jury in Le Flore County has convicted an Arkansas man of first-degree murder in the 2010 death of a woman in eastern Oklahoma.

Elvis Thacker was convicted Friday of murder and forcible sodomy in the death of 22-year-old Brianna Ault.

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The jury will reconvene Monday to consider whether Thacker should receive the death penalty or serve life in prison.

Ault was found dead in a pond in Pocola. Her throat had been cut.

Thacker's attorneys had blamed his brother, Johnathen Thacker, with killing Ault. Johnathen Thacker pleaded guilty in 2014 to first-degree murder as part of an agreement in which he testified that his brother cut Ault's throat with a razor after forcing her to perform sex acts, then trying unsuccessfully to drown her.

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