Apparently no reconciliation after comments perceived as disrespectful: 'My son killed my roommate'

Apparently no reconciliation after comments perceived as disrespectful: ‘My son killed my roommate’

(As originally published, Wed, December 13th 2023, 4:27 PM EST; local article here)

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (TND) — A group of people were “hanging out in the garage” when one “had become upset” with another “over comments perceived as disrespectful.”

The next morning, one of them was found beaten to death and the other turned himself in on a murder charge.

Police in Pennsylvania said they went to a home, early Monday, where a witness told them, “My son killed my roommate.”

The body of Michael Pfender was in a detached garage. The 68-year-old “had visible injuries to his face and head and showed no signs of life,” they said.

Charging documents said another witness told police, “Pfender lived in the detached garage and a group, including the defendant and victim, were all hanging out in the garage earlier that night.”

That defendant, Brian Deante Gray, “had become upset with Pfender over comments perceived as disrespectful,” according to the documents, “but the witness had believed the two reconciled before Gray left the garage and returned inside the residence.”

Apparently no reconciliation after comments perceived as disrespectful: 'My son killed my roommate'
A witness told police Brian Deante Gray “had become upset with Pfender over comments perceived as disrespectful,” and Gray turned himself in for murder, Dec. 11, 2023. (Lancaster Co. District Attorney’s Office)

The coroner’s office determined Pfender’s cause of death to be multiple traumatic injuries and the manner to be homicide.

Authorities said he had “sustained blunt force trauma to the head and face. An injury consistent with a defensive wound was found on Pfender’s right hand.”

Gray, 18, turned himself in and is being held in Lancaster County Prison without bail on a charge of criminal homicide.

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