Guilty: Murder Suspect Who Claims Sex Abuse Found Guilty

Published: Apr. 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM EDT
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LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A judge found a teen guilty in the death of a North Ridgeville man.

16 year old Daniel Kovarbasich was found guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault.

Kovarbasich stabbed to death family friend Duane Hurley. The teen claims sex abuse drove him to murder the 55-year-old North Ridgeville man.

There is no question that Koverbasich killed Hurley. He was found covered in blood and has admitted what he did. What is at question is if the killing was justifiable. The case is being heard by Judge James Burge and is getting national media attention.

Kovarbasich described how he and Hurley met during questioning on Thursday morning, as well as how Hurley groomed him for sex and would bribe him with gifts and use of his fancy cars.

Koverbasich and other boys, including his brother, spent time at Hurley's home. He had cable, snacks and let boys have the run of the place. In return, they did favors for him, like mowing grass. Koverbasich told a social worker that Hurley wanted more on the day he was killed - sex.

"Then one day he said that I owned him for everything he did for me," said social worker Denna Jones Bulgin. "He then took a knife and told me to take my clothes off."

Koverbasich had previously denied any former sexual contact with Hurley, but admitted on Thursday they carried on a sexual relationship for about a year. A police detective testified that a computer found in Hurley's home that the boys had access to contained gay pornography.

Koverbasich's brother testified that Hurley asked him about his genitals and wondered if he wanted to be in a porn movie he'd make.

Hurley had a past where he imposed himself on people beholden to him. In 2003, he served 90 days in jail for taking bribes for allowing people sentenced to community service in Avon Lake to simply walk away.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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