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Millionaire husband convicted in slaying

March 11, 2006

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— A millionaire and one-time fugitive was convicted of murder Friday for hiring a hit man to kill his socialite wife 19 years ago because he feared losing money and a Florida mansion in a divorce.

A jury took less than five hours to find James Sullivan guilty of arranging the fatal shooting of Lita Sullivan, his 35-year-old second wife, on Jan. 16, 1987.

The victim was shot to death on the doorstep of her Atlanta town house by a man carrying a dozen long-stemmed pink roses. The murder occurred the same day a hearing was scheduled to discuss property distribution in the divorce.

Sullivan, 64, fled the country around the time he was indicted on state murder charges in 1998.

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