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Halethorpe man convicted in hatchet killing

A Halethorpe man whom police said struck another man in the head 24 times with a hatchet was convicted in Baltimore County Circuit Court Thursday night, according to the state's attorney's office.

After a four-day trial, a jury found Larry Eugene Horton, 38, guilty in the death of Ryan Wesley Jackson, 18, whose body was found in Brooklyn Oct. 15.

Horton's attorney, Donald C. Wright, said "we're disappointed by the verdict."

Horton had claimed he was acting in self-defense when he said Jackson, who sold him crack cocaine, was there to collect a drug debt.

Jackson had been charged in 2010 with drug and handgun violations in Baltimore County.

Horton has a previous criminal record that includes theft, drug possession and assault charges in four jurisdictions.

Police said Horton killed Jackson inside his rented home on Rambo Court in Lansdowne before taking Jackson's body to the city. Horton fled under an alias and was later arrested in Bayou La Batre, Ala., on Oct.19, 2011.

Sentencing before Judge Jan Marshall Alexander is scheduled for April 29. Horton could receive a life sentence without parole.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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