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75-year-old Missouri man charged in neighbor’s beating death

December 2, 2020 GMT

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old eastern Missouri man with murder in the fatal beating of his neighbor.

Jefferson County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Dale Edwards, 75, of Festus, has been charged with second-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the Sept. 17 attack on 68-year-old Michael Huffman, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Huffman died from his injuries on Oct. 3. Police said that before his death, Huffman told investigators that he and Edwards had argued after Edwards accused Huffman of taking photos of Edwards’ house. Prosecutors say Edwards hit Huffman first with a walking stick, then hit him repeatedly with a metal pipe.

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Edwards has denied using anything other than his fists to hit Huffman and has maintained that Huffman was the aggressor, according to court documents.