- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A judge in western Michigan has ordered a murder trial for a man accused of causing a friend’s fatal stroke by putting him in a chokehold during an alcohol-fueled fight over child-rearing methods.

A judge ruled Wednesday there’s enough evidence to try 55-year-old Andrew Lewis Jr. on an open murder charge in the death of Ronnie Jackson.

Authorities say the men were drinking and got in an argument March 29, 2014, at a Muskegon Heights home, and Lewis grabbed his 56-year-old friend’s neck from behind.

Jackson lost consciousness and died two days later.

Defense lawyer Donald Sappanos says at most, the death could be some sort of manslaughter. District Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes says a Muskegon County Circuit Court jury can consider manslaughter in an open murder trial.

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