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Guilty verdicts in AZ ex-girlfriend killing trial

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A Tempe man charged in the 2010 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend has been found guilty.

Wade Bradford's trial began in mid-January. Jurors deliberated for less than a full day Wednesday before finding Bradford guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Authorities said Bradford fatally shot his ex-girlfriend when she came to his home with her new boyfriend to collect her belongings.

Bradford said the shooting was self-defense after the man charged at him, causing the gun to accidentally go off, striking the woman.

Separately, Bradford also is charged in the 2006 death of a previous girlfriend whose body was found in 2011. He has denied involvement in her death. A trial date in that case has not yet been set.

Tempe police arrested him after a tip from a restaurant manager.

Brent Schawl, manager of the Oregano's in Tempe, saw Bradford's picture on TV and recognized him as someone who had come into the restaurant a few times.

When Schawl got to work, he told his bartender about seeing Bradford. About an hour later, Schawl said the bartender told him he thought the guy he told him about earlier had just walked in.

Schawl said he made small talk with the man, who sat at the bar and ordered food and a beer. That's when Schawl said he was certain it was the wanted man, and he called police.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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