- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A jury is now deliberating the fate of a Muscatine man charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of another man.

The Muscatine Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1wmTBAs ) that only one witness testified in the trial of Jose Tapia Jr. - a Muscatine police officer who said he interviewed Tapia after the death.

Tapia is accused of hitting 39-year-old Michael Newman with a baseball bat on Aug. 8 following an altercation. Newman was hospitalized and placed in a medically induced coma before he died on Aug. 21 from his injuries.

Tapia told police that Newman approached him wielding the bat and hit Tapia with it. Tapia said he wrestled it away and hit Newman once in the head in self-defense.

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, https://www.muscatinejournal.com


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