Russian jury convicts three men over fatal shooting of mayoral candidate

A trial jury convicted three people Tuesday over the killing of a mayoral candidate in Russia's far east. Dmitry Fotyanov was gunned down in October 2006 outside his campaign office days before a mayoral vote in Dalnegorsk. Dalnegorsk is a small town some 9,300 kilometers (5,750 miles) east of Moscow. Prosecutors said defendant Alexander Fedotov plotted the killing because of fears that Fotyanov's election would hurt his business interests. The jury at Primorsky Regional Court in Vladivostok found Fedotov and two other suspects guilty on charges of involvement in Fotyanov's killing and illegal possession of weapons, court spokesman Sergei Ignatenko said in a televised statement. They will be sentenced later this month.