Man guilty of 1st-degree murder in death of ex-girlfriend

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A judge who presided over a nonjury trial has convicted a man who'd been charged with killing his former girlfriend.

Lee County court records say Judge Mary Brown found 25-year-old Adam McCain guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced him Thursday to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Authorities say McCain stabbed 27-year-old Calove Sackman once on Feb. 5 in Keokuk, got into his vehicle and ran her over, and then got back out and stabbed her several more times.

His defense attorney said in his closing argument Oct. 17 that the slaying was not premeditated and that McCain had a bipolar disorder and other problems that would make him compulsive.

A prosecutor said that McCain had told Sackman if she ever left him, he'd kill her and her children.

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