Funeral director, 89, charged in Homestead slaying

July 27, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elderly western Pennsylvania funeral director has been charged in the shooting death of a man that authorities allege stemmed from a dispute over a vacant house.

Eighty-nine-year-old William Welsh is charged in Allegheny County with criminal homicide.

Officers responding to the scene near the funeral home shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday found 58-year-old William Menni shot in the back of the head.

Homestead Mayor Betty Esper said the victim worked for Welsh as an embalmer.

Authorities allege that Welsh said the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute about a vacant home next to the funeral home parking lot that is being demolished.

KDKA reported that as Welsh was being escorted to a waiting van Friday evening, he told reporters “I shot him; yes, because of harassment all the time.”



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