PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of beating his roommate to death over stolen beer has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
A judge handed down the verdict Monday in the nonjury trial of 35-year-old Justin Vankirk.READ MORE: Philadelphia Community Still Wants 'Real Justice' For Walter Wallace Jr. A Year After Fatal Police Shooting
Police say the Brentwood resident told investigators he confronted 58-year-old roommate Charles Parker about the Keystone Ice beer last year and fought with him, then left him lying on the floor and went to bed.The Aztecs 'Slowly Crush You': CBS Sports' Randy Cross Previews Fresno State-#21 San Diego State, Other Matchups
Vankirk says he returned home the next afternoon and found Parker not breathing. A defense attorney conceded during a trial last week
Vankirk punched Parker multiple times but said Parker’s fatal head injury could have come from falling down while drunk, something she alleged he had a history of doing.
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