Ex-colleague convicted in Ohio deputy’s 1981 slaying

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MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) – A former deputy accused in the 1981 slaying of a southeast Ohio sheriff’s deputy has been found guilty of aggravated murder.

Ohio’s attorney general says a jury convicted 65-year-old Mitchell Ruble on Friday at his second trial in Marietta. His first trial ended with a hung jury last fall.

Ruble’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday. Sentencing is scheduled for April 28.

Prosecutors allege Ruble fatally shot Lt. Ray “Joe” Clark with a shotgun through the kitchen window of his Warren Township home on Feb. 7, 1981.

Clark had terminated Ruble’s employment as a Washington County deputy two years earlier, citing use of excessive force on duty.

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