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Last updated on Monday, September 9, 2013
(BLOOMINGTON) - Bloomington Jurors found 28-year-old Michael Angle guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felony murder of Lauren Kahn Friday night. He is now facing a 45 to 65 years in prison.
The Herald Times reports that early on Friday, Angle told jurors he remembered walking into the Garden of Eden the night he stabbed Kahn to death and also that he left the store. But he blanked out what happened inside, and "came to" with a bloody knife in his hand and a dying woman at his feet.
Angle told jurors he went to the South Walnut Street adult entertainment store the night of Nov. 14, 2011 to look at merchandise, with no intent to rob or kill. "I've never been violent in my life," he said, "except in my military training."
Angle stabbed Kahn more than 20 times; he told police she uttered the words "no more" during the brutal attack. He ran from the store, and threw his Gerber folding knife into the street before fleeing in his mother's minivan.
Two mental health experts were the final witnesses in the Monroe Circuit Court trial. Psychologist Mark Hickman testified that Angle was temporarily insane when he killed Kahn and that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from his U.S. Army training.
Angle was never deployed for combat because of a back injury suffered in basic training. He spent two years stationed in Louisiana before getting a medical discharge in August 2011, three months before the killing.
Another psychiatrist who examined Angle countered Hickman's diagnosis and testified that Angle was sane and aware of what he was doing when he killed Kahn.
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