- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) - A man has been charged in a fatal shooting after an argument over loud music in south Maryland Heights.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1Otj27Y ) that 26-year-old James C. Blanton is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of 35-year-old Yi-Ping “Peter” Chang.

Police say Blanton killed Chang at Chang’s apartment Saturday afternoon. Police recovered a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

Blanton told police he wanted his neighbors to turn their music down. It’s unclear whether a movie Chang and his girlfriend were watching was generating noise that could’ve disturbed Blanton.

Blanton has claimed self-defense. Police wouldn’t say if Chang had a weapon.



Blanton’s bail has been set at $500,000. Court records didn’t list an attorney for Blanton.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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