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Melvin Clay Guilty of Second Degree Murder

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Friday afternoon, an Orleans Parish jury found 39-year-old Melvin Clay guilty of the 2010 murder of a marine in the French Quarter.

The fight happened early Halloween morning.  Police say a verbal altercation led to a physical fight between Clay and Sgt Ryan Lekosky.

Lekosky was stabbed several times and died.

Clay left the scene, according to police, in the car he was driving but not before hitting a parked car.  Damage from the crash helped identify Clay’s car more than a month after the murder.  Police say he was behind the wheel when they arrested him.

Clay’s conviction on Second Degree Murder means he will receive an automatic life sentence.