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Man convicted in drug-related murder

Booking photo of Harold Hammond
Booking photo of Harold Hammond

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 54-year-old Jacksonville man was convicted Friday in a 2009 drug-related murder.

Harold Thomas Hammond was found guilty of second-degree murder, two counts of tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and battery.

In February 2009, officers found 45-year-old Kenneth Solada dead inside his 103rd Street residence.

The investigation revealed that Hammond was at the victim’s home when the two of them got into an argument over drugs.

During the altercation, Hammond shot Solada twice in the head. He then cleaned up the crime scene and tossed the gun in a neighbor’s yard before fleeing.

Hammond now faces life in prison. He will be sentenced the week of Feb. 18.