VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver, Wash., man who has said he fired in self-defense has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a neighbor in his apartment complex.
Prosecutors say 32-year-old Christopher Paul had confronted 26-year-old Eric Walswick about playing loud music at 4 a.m. in a parking lot.
The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/MnGGSr ) that Paul pleaded guilty Tuesday in the March 3, 2012, fatal shooting at the Village at Cascade Park Apartments. Paul had been charged with second-degree murder.
Sentencing was set for May 17.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Al Harvey says Walswick was unarmed and investigators were unable to find any evidence of a struggle between the two men.
Paul's lawyer Steven Thayer says Walswick jumped out of his car and chased Paul after being confronted over the music.
Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com