Funeral Director to Stand Trial for Allegedly Killing Embalmer

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013  |  Updated 9:52 PM EDT
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Funeral Director to Stand Trial for Murder

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 A defense attorney says an elderly western Pennsylvania funeral director acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a man following a dispute over a vacant home.

Eighty-nine-year-old William Welsh was ordered Friday to stand trial in Allegheny County in the July 26 shooting death of 58-year-old William Menni of McKees Rocks.

Defense attorney Frank Walker said Welsh "used a firearm in defense of Mr. Menni pushing him'' and should not be charged with homicide. He said the case should be considered self-defense or involuntary manslaughter, and added that his client is "definitely remorseful.''

Walker said his client cared for a property near his funeral home for a California-based owner, and Menni was doing demolition work on the property but the two became involved in a dispute over payment.

Walker worked for Welsh as an embalmer.

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