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Homeless man convicted of murder in beating near Chinatown

A homeless man was convicted of murder Oct. 19 in the beating death of a transient man outside a fast food restaurant on the border of Chinatown and downtown L.A. last year.

A jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Charles Allender, 42, guilty of second-degree murder for killing Derrick Hamilton, 45. 

A second person, Derek Miller, 31, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and is expected to be sentenced to 11 years in state prison on Oct. 31. 

On Feb. 7, 2015, Allender and Miller attacked Hamilton in the parking lot of a Burger King in the 700 block of West Cesar E. Chavez Avenue. The two men, who had a dog, kicked and punched Hamilton as the dog also attacked. 

The fight lasted about four minutes and was captured on video. Hamilton was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Allender is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 7 for sentencing. He faces 37 years to life in state prison. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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