Pollard guilty

Bruce Pollard Jr.

A Wapello County has found Bruce Darnell Pollard Jr. guilty of First Degree Murder.

The jury delivered its verdict just after 5 p.m. Tuesday after roughly an hour of deliberations.

Jurors also found Pollard guilty on the second count of the indictment, First Degree Robbery.

Pollard faces a mandatory life sentence on the murder charge.

Pollard was accused of the beating and strangulation death of Kenneth McDaniel at the Cinema X Theater in Downtown Ottumwa in March 2012.

Most of the day in court was spend on closing arguments.

Prosecutor Scott Brown told jurors that the case was simple, Pollard killed McDaniel to cover up his attempted robbery of the theater.

During his lengthy close, Defense Attorney Allen Cook continued to argue to jurors that Pollard killed McDaniel in self-defense, after the elderly theater manager tried to sexually assault him.

The conviction doesn't end Pollard's legal troubles. He is awaiting trial on numerous other felony charges relating to a string of robberies around the time of McDaniel's murder.

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