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Promising Crenshaw Football Player Convicted Of Murdering South LA Mother

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A promising athlete has been convicted of murdering the South Los Angeles mother of a girl set to testify against him in a robbery case. Two previous trials ended with hung juries.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Tyquan Knox was convicted Monday of murder, robbery and witness intimidation for the 2007 shooting death of Pamela Lark. He faces life in prison without possibility of parole when he’s sentenced Sept. 7.

The Los Angeles Times says Knox was a Crenshaw High School football player who had attracted college recruiters from top-tier schools.

Knox had been charged with the armed robbery of a 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend. Lark, the girl’s mother, insisted that her daughter report the crime to police.

Knox’s mother and others had warned Lark and her daughter about testifying.

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