A natural life prison term was imposed Monday for a man who shot and killed his neighbor in the northwest Arizona community of Golden Valley. The trial jury spent only 20 minutes deliberating in late June before finding Philip Martin, 64, guilty of first degree murder in the October, 2012 death of Steven Schwartz, 55.
The jury rejected Martin's claim that he was defending himself and his property when he shot Schwartz with a 12-gauge shotgun.
This was Martin's second trial in the matter. Conviction and sentence in his first trial was overturned on appeal.