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Jury finds Cranston teen guilty of murdering mother's boyfriend

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A jury on Friday found a Cranston man guilty of shooting and killing his mother's boyfriend last year.

Xavier Vidot turned 18 in March. He was charged as an adult with one count of murder and one count of using a firearm while committing a crime of violence.

The trial of nearly two weeks culminated in five hours of jury deliberation, according to the office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

Prosecutors said Vidot shot Valdez Loiseau, 24, in the chest and head with two different firearms.

Loiseau's body was found in Attleboro on July 18, 2017, having been dumped by the side of a road and set on fire.

Cranston police had said their investigation found that Loiseau and Vidot's mother had an argument at their Edgewood Avenue home, leading to the killing. Vidot's attorney had pleaded self-defense.

Vidot was held pending sentencing.

Vidot's mother, Melonie Perez, 36, was charged with helping to transport Louiseau's body. Vidot's girlfriend, Samantha Rastella, 18, was charged with trying to hide the handgun that killed Loiseau. It was found inside the family's home.

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