Man convicted in deadly Tucson home invasion

2014-02-28T17:30:00Z 2014-03-01T14:07:41Z Man convicted in deadly Tucson home invasionBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A jury has convicted a man of murder in a deadly home invasion.

Stephen Ray Williams was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder, burglary, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping in the home-invasion death of Leonardo Cota-Leyva in June 2011.

The jury in Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell’s courtroom found Williams, 30, guilty of all eight counts of the indictment.

The prosecution argued Williams and another man broke into the apartment where the victim lived with a friend near South Campbell Avenue and Bilby Road demanding drugs and money. When the men said they had neither, Williams shot Cota-Leyva in the head.

Williams’ defense argued the surviving victim had misidentified his client.

The Pima County Attorney dropped the charges against Williams for lack of evidence in 2012, but charges were refiled in September.

Williams was one of two men accused in the killing. Manuel J. Pesquiera, 28, was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated assault in February and received a life sentence.

Williams is scheduled for sentencing in April.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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