Guard: Shot man outside Pa. club in self-defense

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A security guard charged with voluntary manslaughter in a shooting death outside an eastern Pennsylvania club a year ago says he fired in self-defense because he thought his life was in danger.

The (Easton) Express-Times ( ) says 43-year-old Andrew Gesslein took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in Lehigh County Court. He’s charged in the April 29 death of 23-year-old Michael Randolph at Allentown’s North End Republican Club.

Gesslein said there had been a confrontation with Randolph the night before, and before the shooting the other man repeatedly threatened him when he barred Randolph and his companions from entering.

Prosecutors earlier called witnesses who said Gesslein fired as the victim and his companions were running way, but many of them also said they heard the defendant being threatened.


Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times,

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