TOWSON, Md. — A Baltimore County jury has convicted a woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband of first-degree murder.

The jury also convicted 51-year-old Karla Porter of conspiracy and other offenses on Tuesday in the shooting death of Ray Porter in 2010.

Prosecutors say Porter plotted the death of her husband at his gas station to make it look like he was killed during a robbery. The man Porter hired, Walter Bishop Jr., is serving a life sentence.

Porter had testified that Ray Porter had verbally, physically and psychologically abused his wife for years. Her lawyer said that Porter planned the slaying in self-defense.

Karla Porter faces a possible life sentence without the possibility of parole. A sentencing date has not been set.

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