2 convicted in San Jose baseball bat killing

March 12, 2010 1:09:27 PM PST
Two 20-year-old men have been convicted of fatally beating a stranger with a baseball bat in San Jose despite arguing that police had contributed to the death.

A jury found Eddie Sample and Daniel Miller guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the Jan. 25, 2006, attack on 34-year-old Jorge Trujillo.

Authorities say Trujillo was on his way to a friend's house when the pair sneaked up on him and hit him over the head with a bat.

Trujillo wandered around bloody and disoriented until confronted by officers. When he ignored them, officers used a stun gun and baton strikes to subdue him.

Defense attorneys argued that police had played a role in Trujillo's death. But prosecutors said each of the five bat blows had been enough to kill him.

Sample and Miller each face 25 years to life in prison.