- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Opening arguments have begun for a Long Island man accused of fatally striking a teenager in the neck with a machete nearly two years ago after losing a game of dice.

Prosecutors told Nassau County jurors Tuesday that David Sadler killed 17-year-old Terrence Grier Jr. when an argument broke out at a Hempstead home in July 2014.

The 47-year-old Hempstead man has pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree-murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

The defense told jurors the slaying was in self-defense as Sadler was being robbed and beaten after he won his money back.

Prosecutors say the killing was revenge- not self-defense -as Grier wasn’t holding anything at the time.

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