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Champion Boxer Convicted for Bludgeoning Ex-Girlfriend to Death, DA Says

By Jeanmarie Evelly | July 21, 2017 3:03pm | Updated on July 24, 2017 7:12am
 Margarita Rivera, 31, was killed in front of this house, just down the street from her home in Jamaica, police said.
Margarita Rivera, 31, was killed in front of this house, just down the street from her home in Jamaica, police said.
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JAMAICA — A former champion boxer was convicted of murder for the killing of his ex-girlfriend, officials announced Friday — three years after he stabbed and bludgeoned her to death with a pipe on a Queens street in broad daylight

Trevis Hall — a featherweight boxer and former Golden Gloves winner — was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the slaying of 31-year-old Margarita Rivera, the Queens District Attorney's office said. 

Prosecutors said Hall, who was 28 at the time, attacked Rivera during the middle of the afternoon on Watson Place near Polhemus Avenue in December of 2014, stabbing her numerous in the chest and beating her in the head with a metal pipe.

Rivera was discovered bleeding down the street from her Jamaica home, where she told police who responded to the scene that "Tre" was the one who hurt her, the DA's office said. She was later pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital. 

That same day, Hall was discovered unconscious in a dumpster on 127th Street in Richmond Hill after attempting suicide, officials said. 

Police found a Home Depot receipt in his pocket showing he'd purchased the pipe found at the murder scene just hours before the killing, the DA said.

"The defendant was tried before a jury, which weighed all the evidence and found him guilty of viciously killing the woman he once professed to love," Queens DA Richard Brown said in a statement. 

"The defendant — a Golden Gloves winner in 2009 — used a knife and a pipe that he’d purchased just 90 minutes earlier to stab and beat the 31-year-old victim to death."

Hall is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 7. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, officials said.

His defense attorneys did not immediately return a call seeking comment.