Man convicted of shooting ape expert

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A jury has convicted a 27-year-old man of
shooting a world-renowned primatologist left paralyzed after a
botched armed robbery.

A Cobb County jury returned the verdict Thursday against Elliott
Mitchell, who could get life in prison when he is sentenced Friday.

Shelly Williams had identified what was possibly a new species
of ape and was about to return to the Republic of Congo for more
evidence when she was shot in November 2005.

As Mitchell and Kendall Bolden tried to rob another man in a
strip shopping center, a gun discharged and struck Williams.

Bolden pleaded guilty on Monday.

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