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Manslaughter charge in fatal beating of wallet thief

11 months 5 days 18 hours ago Saturday, August 11 2018 Aug 11, 2018 August 11, 2018 2:37 PM August 11, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: The New Orleans Advocate
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man has been beaten to death in New Orleans after stealing another man's wallet, and the wallet's owner now faces a manslaughter charge.
  
The New Orleans Advocate reports that 31-year Simon Morris was arrested in the death of a man identified only as Edwin.
  
Police said Edwin approached Morris and asked him for a dollar outside a gas station Friday morning, but then snatched the wallet from Morris's back pocket. Morris chased and caught Edwin.
  
Police said Edwin was severely beaten and kicked for at least five minutes despite efforts by others to intervene. Edwin died later at a hospital.
  
A manslaughter conviction can result in no prison time or up to 40 years.
  
Records indicate Morris remained jailed Saturday. No information was available on his attorney.

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