Stephen Jonas Found Guilty in Death of Zachary Paulsen

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DES MOINES, Iowa -  Stephen Jonas has been found guilty of second degree murder.

Jonas, 50, was found guilty in the death of 21-year-old Zachary Paulsen. Jonas claims he stabbed Paulsen 35 times in self-defense, after being attacked with a hammer.

Jurors began deliberation Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Second degree murder does not carry a mandatory life sentence.

Police say Paulsen was found stabbed to death along the Green Belt trail last August by volunteers who were cleaning up the area.

Authorities also say Jonas showed up at Paulsen’s family business uninvited after a bar the two were seen drinking at closed for the night.

Court documents show the two men got into a fight and Paulsen hit Jonas with a hammer in the face before Jonas ended up stabbing him.

Jonas was one of the first people police interviewed about the crime. They say eventually Jonas did admit to the crime but claimed it was self-defense.

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