- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A man has been convicted of third-degree murder in the beating death of a friend in northwestern Pennsylvania two years ago.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1TOMI6m ) reports that jurors in Erie County deliberated for a little more than five hours before convicting 26-year-old Joshua Walker on Friday.

Jurors also convicted Walker of aggravated assault but rejected the prosecution’s call for a first-degree murder conviction and acquitted Walker of possession of an instrument of crime. Before deliberations, the judge granted a defense request to dismiss robbery and theft counts.

Prosecutors said Walker killed 39-year-old David Tate in a dispute over money in August 2014 because he wanted cash to have his electricity turned back on and to pay gambling debts. Walker testified that he had nothing to do with the killing.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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