Man convicted of murder in Ottumwa theater killing

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a 26-year-old man of murder and robbery in the death of the manager of an adult theater in Ottumwa.

The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1bmfJSh ) the jury deliberated an hour Tuesday before finding Bruce Pollard guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the March 2012 killing of Cinema X manager Kenneth McDaniel.

Pollard didn’t react when the verdict was read. His girlfriend cried and the victim’s family sobbed and hugged each other.

Pollard acknowledged killing the 70-year-old Kenneth McDaniel, hitting him in the head with a pry bar and choking him. He then stole cash and pornographic material.

First -degree murder requires a sentence of life imprisonment in Iowa.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com

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