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Wheaton man guilty of killing neighbor with kitchen knife

Updated: February 23, 2013 10:28AM

A Wheaton man was found guilty Friday of using a kitchen knife to kill a neighbor.

A DuPage County jury deliberated for more than five hours before declaring Michael Delaney guilty of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Delaney stabbed his neighbor Michael Scalzo in June of 2009 while Scalzo and some friends were working in his garage in the 700 block of Crescent Boulevard.

They said Delaney had threatened the men earlier, then approached the garage and summoned his neighbor. When the Scalzo was in arm’s reach, Delaney pulled his shirt over his head and stabbed him six times with a kitchen knife before running awa, prosecutors said.

Delaney argued that he acted in self-defense — a claim DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin called “ridiculous.”

“More than three and one half years ago, Michael Scalzo was stabbed to death by Michael Delaney,” Berlin said. “Today, Mr. Delaney learned that he will be held responsible for the cold-blooded murder.”

Delaney faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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