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Soldier convicted of Cypress hotel shooting

An Orange County jury on Friday convicted a 26-year-old Army specialist of murdering a friend in a Cypress hotel during a night of drinking, authorities said. Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. had left his Army post without permission in February 2011 and was in a room at the Cypress Lodge on Lincoln Avenue with two friends and his father, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. The district attorney's office said LeClaire pulled out a gun and shot Marques Murray, 24, in the arm and chest, killing him, and fired multiple shots at his father and the other friend, both of whom survived. LeClaire walked out of the hotel room and promptly surrendered to police. ...

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