A Douglas County man has been convicted of killing his ex-wife's boyfriend.

James Hitchcock, 42, Ava was on trial this week for the first-degree murder of Wendell Hillhouse, 42, Branson last August. However, after deliberating four and a half hours today (06-26-09) the jury convicted Hitchcock of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Authorities say Hillhouse was helping his girlfriend move some vehicles owned by her ex-husband, Hitchcock, when they drove upon Hitchcock who pretended to have car trouble to trick them into stopping.

When the couple stopped the woman says Hitchcock swung open his car door and shot Hillhouse twice before he dragged him into the woods near Assumption Abbey Monastery where he beat him in the head with a baseball bat to make sure he was dead.

Hitchcock is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8th.

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