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April 8, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Man guilty of manslaughter in West Seattle slaying

Lovett “Cid” Chambers was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter this afternoon for fatally shooting a 35-year-old stranger in the back outside a West Seattle bar in January 2012.

Chambers, 69, was charged with second-degree murder for shooting Michael “Travis” Hood, as he was walking from the Feedback Lounge, where Chambers was a regular. Hood later died from his injuries.

The jury’s verdict also includes a firearm enhancement. Chambers faces a sentence range of 12 to 14 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

During the nearly six-week trial, prosecutors argued that Chambers shot Hood for no apparent reason, while the defense argued that Chambers, who is black, fired in self-defense because he felt threatened by two white men.

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