Man convicted of carrying out hired killing at wrong house

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A man accused in a 2006 contract killing in which he went to the wrong house and killed someone with the same name as the intended target has been found guilty of murder and kidnapping charges.

A Geauga (jee-'AW-guh) County judge convicted 46-year-old Chad South of murder and kidnapping charges last week in the death of 31-year-old Daniel Ott in Burton Township.

A woman accused of helping South pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping. Authorities say 37-year-old Mindie Stanifer accompanied South to Ott's home.

They were among five people charged criminally for their involvement in Ott's death.

Their attorneys didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Tuesday.

Authorities say a Daniel Ott was targeted in retaliation for his willingness to testify against a man involved in a stolen-car operation.