In 2nd trial, teen convicted of killing NY newsman

November 15, 2011 - 6:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York teenager has been convicted of killing a radio newsman in the second trial to result from the stabbing death.

The jury deliberated for less than a day before convicting 19-year-old John Katehis (kah-TEH'-hihs) Tuesday in George Weber's killing. The 47-year-old Weber was a freelancer for ABC News Radio when his body was discovered by police in his Brooklyn apartment in March 2009. He had been stabbed about 50 times.

Prosecutors say Weber had responded to Katehis' Craigslist ad offering sex for money.

Katehis' lawyers say their client felt threatened and was defending himself. He faces 25 years to life in prison.

A mistrial was declared in a trial last year. Weber had also worked at WABC in New York and at stations in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania.