- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A jury is deliberating whether a Philadelphia strip club manager wrongly beat an intoxicated patron to death.

The jury must determine whether John Pettit acted with malice and is guilty of third-degree murder or should instead be convicted of involuntary manslaughter, the lesser charge sought by his defense attorney.

Surveillance video shows Pettit punched John Koons in the head in October 2009 at Oasis Gentlemen’s Club. Koons fell off his stool. He and another man were dragged out of the club by Pettit and other bouncers. Koons died several weeks later.

Pettit’s 2012 trial ended in a mistrial after the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on murder, manslaughter, or conspiracy charges. The Pennsauken, New Jersey man was convicted of evidence tampering.

The murder charge carries up to 40 years in prison, manslaughter just five.

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