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Man found guilty in stabbing death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jurors found Alvenio "Johnny" Culpepper guilty of stabbing his 64-year-old neighbor to death in a brutal, drug-fueled attack in 2006.

A sentencing hearing for the convicted murderer is scheduled May 29 in Gwinnett Superior Court, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Vandever, who announced the verdict late Tuesday night. Culpepper, 35, faces multiple life sentences.

Jurors found the Duluth man guilty on all counts, including murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife while committing a felony.

Evidence showed Culpepper, hopped up on crack cocaine, stormed Jenny Neville's home and stabbed her 22 times, from her legs to her neck, in September 2006. Culpepper lived below the victim in her Davenport Road duplex. The two had shared a congenial relationship up until the attack.

Culpepper fled Georgia in Neville's Toyota Corolla to Pennsylvania, where his brother lived. A multi-agency manhunt tracked him there days later.

Neville, a breast cancer survivor, had recently retired as a bank auditor. Authorities say the drugs warped Culpepper's mind, triggering him to rob his neighbor for more drug money.

It's unclear if Culpepper will file an appeal. His attorney, Richard Stepp, did not return requests for comment Wednesday.