- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A statewide grand jury has indicted a Richmond man accused with the apparently random fatal beating of a 62-year-old man.

The attorney general’s office said Thursday that the jury reported out an indictment charging 34-year-old Christian Lepore with murder, four counts of simple assault and one count of cruelty to a police animal.

Prosecutors say Lepore murdered John O’Neil on May 28.

O’Neil called 911 after Lepore appeared at his West Greenwich home. Police don’t think they knew each other.

Lepore is also accused of assaulting four police officers and beating a police dog.

Lepore’s lawyer has said the state hadn’t proven that O’Neil’s death was a homicide, and has questioned the police report. He couldn’t immediately be reached on Thursday to comment.

Lepore’s arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 2.


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