- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has freed a New York City man charged with using a tire iron to kill a man he believed had tried to rape his wife.

Authorities say 61-year-old Mamadou Diallo rushed into his Bronx apartment building Monday night after getting a call from his wife, who said she was being attacked by a stranger who forced his way into her apartment.

Diallo encountered the shirtless man fleeing into an elevator and attacked, fatally injuring him.

Police identified the slain man as 43-year-old Earl Nash.

A judge released Diallo without requiring him to post bail after he was arraigned late Tuesday on charges including assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Defense attorney Anthony Michaels said Diallo was just defending his family.

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