FALL RIVER — A Fall River man has been convicted by a jury of second degree murder in the brutal bludgeoning death of 39-year-old Lance Correia in the city in October 2018.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said 42-year-old Adam Levesque was found guilty on Monday afternoon after an eight-day trial.

Prosecutors said the killing was related to a dispute over $2,000 worth of heroin that went missing.

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Fall River police responded to a Rock Street apartment above the Walsh Pharmacy for reports of an unconscious man bleeding profusely on Oct. 9, 2018.

Officers arrived to find the victim covered in blood and with a swollen face on the right side. Correia later died from his head wounds.

Investigators found that Levesque had attacked Correia with a hammer, apparently after $2,000 worth of heroin went missing, according to the D.A.'s office.

Levesque was eventually arrested on Oct. 18, 2018 in New York.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 7.

“I’m very pleased the jury held the defendant accountable for this brutal and senseless killing of his friend, which appeared to be over drugs,” Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said.

“The defendant has a history of committing violent crimes and we look forward to this sentencing in this case.”

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