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N.J. Jury Weighs Fate of Man Who Killed British Reality Hunk Lavern Paul Ritch

In this Aug. 23, 2007 photo, Robert Davies, of North Wildwood, stands in the courtroom of Judge Michael Connor in the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Davies is charged with the stabbing death of Laverne Paul Ritch of Penarth, England. Jury selection in Davies' trial started Monday, Jan. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Anthony Smedile)
(AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Anthony Smedile)
N.J. Killer of British Reality Hunk, Lavern Paul Ritch,  Claims Self-Defense
Robert Davies, Aug. 23, 2007 (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Anthony Smedile)

(CBS/AP) A New Jersey jury is weighing the fate of a man who admits killing one of Britain's most eligible bachelors, Lavern Paul Ritch.

The jury in the murder trial of Robert Davies began deliberating the case Tuesday afternoon. It adjourned for the day without reaching a verdict.

Davies, of North Wildwood, N.J., told the jury he acted in self-defense when he fatally stabbed Ritch in August 2007, in Margate, a beach town just south of Atlantic City.

Davies says he thought Ritch was part of a group that intended to attack him. He says he learned later that Ritch wanted to help him.

Ritch was once a contestant on the British version of the "American Gladiators" TV show. He was from Wales.

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