MADISON A North Carolina man was convicted by a Boone County jury last week of voluntary manslaughter relating to the Feb. 22, 2012, stabbing death of a Boone County man.
Brian Lee King, 39, of Asheboro, North Carolina, was originally indicted by a Boone County grand jury on one count of second-degree murder.
The jury deliberated about three hours before reaching its verdict, according to Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph.
The trial came after King got into a fight with Roy Cheesy Gilliam, 23, on the roadway in the Jeffrey-Spencer area of Boone County in the early morning hours of Feb. 22, 2012, and allegedly stabbing him to death.
King tried to claim self-defense saying the fight was over a woman and that Gillam attacked him.
According to a criminal complaint, King had been in the car with Gillams girlfriend, Lori Stevenson, and Gillam found them. A fight broke out, and he was stabbed once in the chest.
Police testified that King admitted to the altercation with Gillam. He also later admitted to having a knife and striking Gillam once in the chest with it.
King, however, told police he was in fear for his life.
Stevenson has said that she was just giving King a ride to get a cell phone.
King remains in jail and will be sentenced at a hearing that has yet to be set. He faces 3 to 15 years in prison.