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Man convicted in deadly fight over barking dogs

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Updated: 5/24/2013 4:33 pm
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- A jury needed 90 minutes to find a man guilty of shooting his neighbor to death.

Prosecutors say Paul Miller, 66, shot Dana Mulhall five times at a home in Flagler Beach in March 2012.  Miller claimed he shot Mulhall in self-defense.

The feud between the two neighbors began two months before the shooting when Mulhall complained about Miller's dogs barking all the time.  Miller claimed Mulhall threatened him and his wife.

The two neighbors started arguing, and Miller, according to the charging affidavit, believed Mulhall was reaching for a gun, so he shot him.  Authorities later learned Mulhall was unarmed.

"Today's verdict protects the principle that disputes should be resolved nonviolently," said State Attorney R.J. Larizza. "The jurors' rejection of the defendant's questionable self-defense claim honors the victim's memory."

Miller faces up to life in prison.  A sentencing hearing is set for June 18.
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