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Man convicted in sports bar stabbing death

Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian was found guilty of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and assault.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 2:09 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 2:40 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A jury has convicted a man in the stabbing death of an employee at a St. Joseph bar.

Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian was found guilty of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and assault after three days of testimony at the Buchanan County courthouse.

Hernandez-Sebastian was accused of killing Terra Welch-Reents at Legends Sports Bar back in early February. Reents was working as a bartender when she was fatally stabbed by Hernandez-Sebastian during an altercation at the bar. A second victim was also injured.

During closing arguments Thursday, lawyers for Hernandez-Sebastian argued he was being set up because he is Hispanic and that eyewitnesses never saw a knife.

Prosecutors argued that Hernandez-Sebasitan intended to kill saying "you don't stab someone in the throat without intent to kill."

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