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Sentencing scheduled for Gene Campbell in Waterloo murder

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- Sentencing is scheduled for next month for a Waterloo man found guilty of first-degree murder in the beating and strangling death of another man.

A Black Hawk County jury delivered a guilty verdict against Gene Campbell last week.

Prosecutors argued that the 33-year-old beat and strangled 60-year-old Jim Hendrix in Hendrix's apartment on Nov. 30, 2007, possibly as part of a robbery. Hendrix's body was found three days later when a friend went to visit.

Authorities say Campbell denied killing Hendrix, but admitted he was at the apartment to smoke crack cocaine.

Campbell's sentencing is scheduled for April 8. The charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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