Man convicted in 1978 fatal Phoenix bar shooting

Man convicted in 1978 fatal Phoenix bar shooting

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PHOENIX (AP) - A man has been convicted in a 1978 fatal shooting of a disabled veteran at a south Phoenix bar.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 55-year-old George Jones faces 25 years to life in prison when he's sentenced Nov. 27.

Jones already was incarcerated in Yuma for unrelated drug charges when he was indicted in the first-degree murder case in February.

Authorities say a palm print on a beer bottle linked Jones to the killing of 45-year-old Duane "Bud" Gruette.

Police say three armed men entered the Westward Tavern just after midnight on July 18, 1978, with intent of committing a robbery. They forced employees and patrons to the ground at gunpoint.

Police say one of the robbers threw a beer bottle at Gruette before he was shot twice in the back.

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