Fight over a laptop leads to a murder charge in Minneapolis

A 28-year-old man is accused of killing an older man in a fight.
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A fight over payments for a laptop led to a man's death and another man being charged with his killing.

Nicholas Allan Young, 28, has been charged with 2nd-degree unintentional murder following the death of a 45-year-old man at an apartment building at 1918 Park Avenue in south Minneapolis Saturday.

According to a criminal complaint, the pair fought over a laptop that Young sold to the victim.

Young told police they agreed the victim would pay him back for the laptop in monthly installments, so he went to his apartment on Saturday to collect payment.

When the victim said he didn't have the money, Young asked him to return the laptop.

Young then says the victim punched him and they got in a fight, saying he "blacked out" and woke up next to the victim, tried to revive him, told someone to call 911 and then left the room.

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When police arrived around 5:20 p.m. they found the man unconscious and he was pronounced dead a short time after.

Young arrived in the hall outside the victim's apartment with blood on his hands and head, and an injury above his eye, admitting to police at the scene that he had gotten into a fight with the victim.

A preliminary autopsy indicates that the victim had injuries to his face and head, while the hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage in his throat were fractured.

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