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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007 12:00 am

The Associated Press

FORT WORTH — A marriage counselor was convicted today of fatally shooting his ex-fiance.

Lester Winningham, 59, faces up to life in prison in the murder conviction. Jurors were expected to begin deliberating his punishment later today.

Winningham, a licensed psychologist, is accused of shooting Deborah Houchin three times in her Arlington home before dumping her body behind a mechanic's shop in 2005. During three days of testimony, the jury was told how the couple fought often in the months before her death.

Winningham testified in his own defense Thursday, saying he is innocent, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its Friday online edition.

Houchin, 56, owned a marriage counseling clinic and had been engaged to Winningham briefly after meeting him through an online dating service.

She helped Winningham set up his practice in Arlington after he received his doctoral degree. He also moved in with her.

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