Local News in Brief : Boyfriend Convicted of Strangling Woman

A23-year-old Granada Hills man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday for strangling his live-in girlfriend last year and attempting to make it look as if the woman had hanged herself.

After a one-week, non-jury trial, San Fernando Superior Court Commissioner Irwin H. Garfinkel found Gary E. Hart guilty of killing 22-year-old Deanna M. Slack during an argument at their home. The prosecution had sought a second-degree murder verdict.

California Highway Patrol officers, during a routine traffic stop on Jan. 28, 1984, discovered Slack's body in Hart's car with a noose around her neck.

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