Guilty plea to manslaughter in Wash. shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 7:33 AM

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.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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