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Fast-food cook guilty of stabbing woman

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BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A fast-food cook was convicted of murder Wednesday in the stabbing of a woman at the highway rest stop where he worked.

Paul Leahy, 40, also was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping and faces life in prison without parole.

The defense presented no witnesses but disputed that the slaying of Alexandra Zapp last July was premeditated.

Zapp, 30, a sailing instructor and charity fund-raiser, was driving home to Newport, R.I., after a cruise in Boston Harbor when she stopped at the Bridgewater rest area. An off-duty state trooper who heard thuds and a muffled scream through a wall found Zapp's body and Leahy.