Gregory Walters

Gregory Walters, 56, shot his neighbor during an argument in early July, officials say. 

A Pima County jury convicted a man last week of murdering his neighbor after the two apparently fought about politics, officials say.

Gregory Walters, 57, called police on July 4, 2018 to report he shot and killed his friend and neighbor, according the Pima County Attorney's Office.

Walters told police his neighbor claimed to be a “communist, socialist, fascist" and so Walters “shot him dead," says an Attorney's Office Facebook post.

Officers entered Walters' apartment and found the body of Wade Lockwood, 53, on the floor, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.

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Walters later claimed the other man lunged at him during the argument. The victim had two gunshot wounds to the chest and one to the head, the post says.

Walters was convicted of second-degree murder. His sentencing is scheduled for April 30.

Contact reporter Danyelle Khmara at dkhmara@tucson.com or 573-4223. On Twitter: @DanyelleKhmara

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Danyelle joined the Star in 2018 and covers K-12 education. Previously, Danyelle wrote for the Tucson Weekly where she won several statewide awards including story of the year and first place investigative reporting.