Stamford man convicted of fatally stabbing cab driver

Shota Mekoshvili, 29, is arrested for the stabbing death of a Stamford cab driver.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Stamford man has been convicted of murder for fatally stabbing a city cab driver.

The Advocate reports that a jury Monday found 32-year-old Shota Mekoshvili guilty of killing taxi driver Mahomed Kamal in August 2014.

Mekoshvili faces 25 to 60 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for July 18.

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Prosecutors say the men knew each other and the killing was motivated by robbery. Kamal’s wife testified that her husband was carrying between $500 and $700 the night he was killed. He had $18 on him when police found his body. He had been stabbed 127 times.

The defense said the killing was self-defense.

Mekoshvili testified that Kamal initiated a sexual encounter and he wrestled a knife away from Kamal, who beat him with a metal flashlight.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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