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Man says slaying outside speakeasy was self-defense

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 25, 2017 5:13 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A central Pennsylvania man says he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed another man outside an illegal speakeasy in Pennsylvania's capital.

PennLive.com reports that 30-year-old Markus Williams took the stand Tuesday in his Dauphin County trial in the July 30 slaying of 32-year-old Bryan Taylor in Harrisburg.

Williams testified that he didn't know Taylor and only pulled his gun and fired because he feared that the victim and another man were going to kill him.

He said Taylor grabbed him by the throat and he saw that the other man had a gun, and then saw Taylor "reach for his side." He said he fired and then fled as the other man fired multiple shots at him.

Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the trial.

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