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Wagner guilty in slaying of Hopkins researcher

Wagner guilty in slaying of Hopkins researcher

After less than three hours of deliberation Wednesday, a Baltimore jury found John Alexander Wagner guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the stabbing of Johns Hopkins researcher Stephen Pitcairn, who was attacked last year as he talked to his mother on a cellphone while walking home from Penn Station. Wagner could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison at a hearing set for Oct. 21. His lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Gregory Fischer, said he plans to appeal the conviction. "Mr. Wagner has adamantly maintained his innocence from the beginning," Fischer said. Pitcairn's family members, who live out of state, wept as the verdict was announced. Aunts and...