Man, 55, convicted in killing over orange peel


May 13, 2006

A man accused of shooting another man during an argument over discarded orange peels has been convicted by a Baltimore Circuit Court jury of attempted first-degree murder and a handgun violation, city prosecutors said in a statement yesterday.

The jury, however, did not convict Herbert Wyche, 55, of first-degree murder in the death of William Staten, 60, prosecutors said.

The state's attorney's office said in a statement that Staten was cleaning the sidewalk in front of his West Saratoga Street home April 21, 2004, when Wyche, his friend, dropped orange peels. Prosecutors said Staten hit Wyche in the head with a bottle and Wyche took out a gun and shot Staten, who died 15 months later.

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