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Glendale man guilty of fatally stabbing wife, killing dog in microwave oven

A 46-year-old Glendale man who fatally stabbed his wife and killed his Pomeranian by placing the animal in a microwave oven was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder, officials said.

Jurors deliberated for less than two days before finding John Levin guilty of killing his wife, Michelle Levin, with a knife, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The murder occurred Sept. 8, 2009, in the couple’s two-story condominium in the 200 block of West Fairview Avenue. Officers discovered 35-year-old Michelle Levin’s body three days later inside the apartment after police received a call from someone concerned about the couple’s whereabouts, according to the Glendale News-Press.

The couple's Pomeranian died after it was stuffed inside a microwave that was turned on for an undetermined amount of time, officials said. John Levin pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty before jurors returned with a verdict.


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