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Man convicted in fatal stabbing of girlfriend's 11-year-old son

A man was convicted Jan. 15 of killing his girlfriend’s 11-year-old son during a family dispute, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

A jury deliberated for less than four hours before finding Rineson Curtis Adams, a 29-year-old black man, guilty of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing Jai Shaun Lewis.

The jury also found Adams guilty of one count of child abuse and found a special allegation that he used a knife in the killing, prosecutors said.

On May 27, 2013, police were called to a Westlake apartment complex and found the child with stab wounds. Neighbors saw him wheeled out on a stretcher.

Adams was found on the front lawn with stab wounds to his shoulder, police said. The next day, Adams was charged with the killing.

Adams also has three prior felony convictions, including two convictions for transportation and sale of a controlled substance in 2008 and 1996, prosecutors said.

Adams was also convicted of burglary in 1996.

Adams returns to court Wednesday to begin the sanity phase in the case.  He faces up to life in state prison if is determined that he was sane at the time of the murder.

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

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