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Jury convicts man in friend’s stabbing death

A 46-year-old man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in November was convicted of second-degree murder Friday night in District Court.

The jury convicted Brian O’Keefe of killing 54-year-old Victoria Whitmarsh at the Casa Salvatore Apartments near Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard.

The jury deliberated for about 21/2 hours.

O’Keefe took the stand Friday morning and testified that he was drunk on the night of the slaying. He said he had argued with Whitmarsh while they were at a casino and she later attacked him with a knife when they returned home.

Through sobs, O’Keefe told the jury that he and Whitmarsh struggled inside the apartment’s bedroom and then they fell onto a bed. O’Keefe fell onto her and realized she had been stabbed in the chest.

“It happened so fast,” he said.

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