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Man convicted of first-degree murder in Citrus Heights slaying

Luther Frazier
Luther Frazier Citrus Heights Police Department

A man accused of killing a Citrus Heights man who sold him heroin has been convicted of first-degree murder.

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday also found that Luther Frazier, 35, used a firearm in the slaying of 22-year-old Shaun Blechinger on March 6, 2015, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

The shooting occurred at an apartment in the 6500 block of Greenback Lane. Authorities said Frazier had purchased heroin from Blechinger over several months. After a while, Frazier allowed Blechinger to use his car in exchange for heroin.

When Blechinger wrecked Frazier’s car, he would not pay for the damage. Frazier then stole his father’s gun and went to Blechinger’s residence to collect the money. The two men met outside in an alley, where they exchanged words. When Blechinger was walking back to his apartment, Frazier shot him six times, killing him, authorities said.

Frazier is to be sentenced April 6 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena Gweon.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy