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Man was talking to 911 dispatcher when he was shot dead, DA says

Joseph Arthur Nunn
Joseph Arthur Nunn Booking photo, Roseville Police Department

A Roseville man was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of his roommate.

The conviction also includes a firearms enhancement after the jury found that Joseph Arthur Nunn discharged a weapon causing the death of 54-year-old Kevin Spindler, according to a Placer County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Spindler was killed Sept.30, 2013. Roseville police said the department received a report at 3:15 p.m. of someone with a gun in the 100 block of Hickory Street. That was followed by several phone calls from neighbors reporting shots fired.

Officers found Spindler in the front yard with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Evidence presented during the trial showed that Nunn shot Spindler while Spindler was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The audio recording of the 911 call was played for the jury.

The defense argued that Nunn acted in self-defense.

Nunn remains in Placer County Jail and is to be sentenced Dec. 16 by Placer County Superior Court Judge Garen Horst, who presided over the trial.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy