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5th defendant convicted in Duluth slaying

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth man who is the fifth and final defendant in the shooting death of a university student has been found guilty of aiding an offender.

A jury in St. Louis County found Xavier Haywood guilty on Thursday night of being an accomplice in the death in February 2017 of the University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek.

Haywood wasn’t physically present when Grahek was killed during an attempted robbery meant to steal drugs and cash from his residence. But his actions in the following days were central to the case against him. Prosecutors said Haywood played a role in attempting to conceal the crime. KBJR-TV reports the 28-year-old was accused of planning the robbery and later helping others involved hide out in a hotel in Superior.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

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