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Clint Horvatt convicted of first-degree murder in death of Summer Smith

12:05 AM, Dec 16, 2010   |    comments
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PALATKA, Fla. -- It took jurors two days to convict William Foster of first-degree murder in the death of Summer J. Smith in Dec. 2008.  Now he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.

Smith's fiance, Clint Gerard Horvatt, 32, hired Foster to kill Smith, and then staged it to look like a robbery.

Horvatt was convicted of first-degree murder on Nov. 4 and was also handed a life sentence.

Days after the murder, investigators found the murder weapon, a .22-caliber revolver,  Smith's purse and Horvatt's wallet, which Horvatt had claimed to be taken by the murderer, buried in a wooded area near Foster's home.

They then arrested both men.

Investigators later learned the Horvatt was still legally married to someone else, and suspected that he wanted Smith dead to keep her from getting him in trouble with his estranged wife.

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