Niklas Prokopishen flees before verdict on his murder case in death of Francisco Roman

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida man fled as jurors were deliberating on his third-degree murder case.

The Palm Beach County jury found 33-year-old Niklas Prokopishen guilty Friday afternoon, but he wasn't in court to hear his verdict. The judge issued a warrant for Prokopishen's arrest.

Authorities say Prokopishen fatally shot 24-year-old Francisco Roman in January 2010 at an apartment Roman shared with his girlfriend. Prokopishen went to the apartment with a gun after the girlfriend called him about an argument she had with Roman.

Defense attorneys claimed Prokopishen found the gun in the apartment and acted in self-defense.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Prokopishen had been in court earlier Friday but was free on $10,000 bail. Whether he's present or not, he faces life in prison at his May 24 sentencing.


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