Manslaughter charge in fatal beating of wallet thief
NEW ORLEANS (AP):
A man has been beaten to death in New Orleans after stealing another man's wallet, and the wallet's owner now faces a manslaughter charge.
The New Orleans Advocate reports that 31-year-old Simon Morris was arrested in the death of a man identified only as Edwin.
Police said Edwin approached Morris and asked him for a dollar outside a gas station Friday morning, but then snatched the wallet from Morris's back pocket. Morris chased and caught Edwin.
Police said Edwin was severely beaten and kicked for at least five minutes despite efforts by others to intervene. Edwin died later at a hospital.
A manslaughter conviction can result in no prison time or up to 40 years.