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Kevorkian was also convicted of delivery of a controlled substance.
Prosecutors sought a conviction for first-degree murder, but after 12 hours of deliberation, the jury rejected this charge and settled on the somewhat lesser penalty. To convict Kevorkian of first-degree murder, the jurors would have had to conclude that the killing of Youk was deliberate and premeditated. To convict him of second-degree murder, they had to conclude that he either intended to kill him or do great bodily harm, or that he knowingly Posted 9 Sep 2000.
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