American Scene: 1 dead, 1 wounded at Kentucky homeowners meeting

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KENTUCKY

LOUISVILLE — Louisville police say a man charged with killing one person and critically injuring another in a dispute about a fence gave “an account of what happened” after being arrested.

Lt. Barry Wilkerson wouldn’t say whether Mahmoud Yousef Hindi, 55, confessed. Lt. Wilkerson said investigators were trying to confirm the details of Mr. Hindi’s statement.

Police say the shooting happened Thursday evening at a homeowners association meeting in eastern Louisville.

Mr. Hindi had been in a long-running dispute with the organization about the height and direction of the fence around his house as well as a recently constructed driveway.

CALIFORNIA

Man pleads guilty in friend’s grisly death

CRESCENT CITY — A Northern California mixed-martial-arts expert accused of ripping out his friend’s heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic drugs has pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.

Jarrod Wyatt of Crescent City agreed to a plea deal in which he will serve 50 years to life in prison, Del Norte County prosecutors said. His official sentencing is scheduled Oct. 4.

Wyatt pleaded guilty to first-degree murder involving mayhem in the March 21, 2010, death of his sparring partner, 21-year-old Taylor Powell, prosecutors said.

“The earliest he’ll be able to see a parole board is 2062,” District Attorney Jon Alexander said. “We saved Taylor’s family the agony from reliving the incident at the trial.”

Wyatt’s attorney, James Fallman, said his 29-year-old client didn’t want to testify at trial and he didn’t want his family to testify.

NEW JERSEY

Jury finds father guilty of tossing infant into river

NEW BRUNSWICK | A man who kidnapped his infant daughter from her grandmother’s home and tossed the child from a New Jersey bridge into the icy river was convicted Friday of murdering her.

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