Former Playgirl model convicted of murdering gay man

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A jury has convicted former Playgirl model Joshua James Larson of second-degree murder in the fatal beating of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins.

The San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports that Huggins was “a beloved figure in the local LGBT community.”

Larson faces 20 years to life in prison, according to the newspaper, which said prosecutor Makenzie R. Harvey portrayed Larson as “angry, revengeful" and determined to get even with Huggins for helping the state convict Larson in another case.

Harvey’s timeline of the killing, according to SDGLN, had Larson running into Huggins, who was with his boyfriend Nathan Meza, at a Hillcrest McDonald’s after 4 p.m. on June 22. Larson followed the couple to the "California canyon" tent compound where they were living.

Meza testified that Larson threatened to set fire to the tent and attacked the couple with a large rock.

Meza fled and sought treatment at a hospital shortly before 6 p.m.

Huggins, separately, crawled from the compound, called 911 and was taken to a hospital after 6 p.m. Suffering severe brain injuries, he was in a coma for two weeks before he died on July 6, 2011.

Larson’s defense attorney tried to blame another man for Huggins’ death – Chad Lucas, who had a physical altercation with Huggins that day. The attorney claimed that Larson was not at the campsite at the time of the attack.