A New Yorker who killed a prospective burglar with a bat has been arrested for manslaughter, after engaging the bandit with the melee weapon outside of his Queens home.
27-year-old Joel Paul allegedly bludgeoned and stabbed Shamel Shavuo on July 30, after confronting him outside of his home in the early hours of the morning.
Paul’s teenage brother, Michael, claims that he Shavuo attempted to force his way into the home, and that he had only opened the door because he thought the burglar was a pizza delivery man.
His mother, Melinda Pitter, screamed for Joel Paul, who then beat Shavuo to death.
According to the Daily Mail, the Paul brothers were initially released, but Joel was later arrested on New Year’s Eve with a grand jury indictment of manslaughter.
In November, the Medical Examiner ruled Shavuo’s death a homicide.
Prior to his death, Shavuo was wanted in Maryland in connection to a non-fatal shooting in Baltimore.
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