Northport man found guilty in fatal pipe beating

Northport man found guilty in fatal pipe beating

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Christopher Patton, left, in court on Thursday. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Christopher Patton, left, in court on Thursday. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Christopher Patton's 2012 mugshot. Source: Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff's Office Christopher Patton's 2012 mugshot. Source: Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff's Office
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A jury has found Christopher Patton guilty of beating 79-year-old Kenneth McDaniel to death with a pipe in July 2012.

The verdict was returned after two hours of deliberations. While leaving the courtroom, Patton told reporters he was convicted "without a shred of evidence."

Prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment for Patton.

"We're pleased with it. It's a good day for justice today. Kenneth McDaniel is still dead. But tonight his killer will be in jail and his wife will be able to sleep and that's what we're pleased with," prosecutor Jonathan Cross said.

Investigators believe Patton attacked McDaniel outside his home on Highway 43 after the elderly man went outside to check on his airconditioner.

McDaniel's wife said she and her husband saw a black male through their kitchen window and he appeared to be hitting something with a pipe.

The couple then heard a loud pop just before their air conditioning went out. McDaniel went outside with a flashlight to investigate. His body was later found near the air condition outside his home.

Patton was arrested about two hours after deputies were called to the scene.

Reporter Kelvin Reynolds will have more on the verdict tonight at 5 and 6. Watch on air, online at FoxAlabamaLive.com or through the WBRC News app.

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