Another man found guilty in contract killing

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ATLANTA – A Fulton County jury has convicted a hit man of the murder of a 22-year-old mother who was found strangled and stabbed weeks after her wedding.

The jury on Friday found Cleveland Clark guilty in the 2000 slaying of Sparkle Michelle Rai. The sentencing phase of his trial begins next week. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Clark was one of four men who conspired to murder Rai after the woman's father-in-law, Chiman Rai, ordered her death.

Chiman Rai was convicted in June 2008 of masterminding the hit and was sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors say he believed the woman brought shame to his family because she was black.


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