Man charged with shooting, killing next-door neighbors

July 28, 2017 - 12:55 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors in Philadelphia say a 69-year-old man has been charged with the shooting deaths of his next-door neighbors over what police say was an ongoing dispute.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's office said Friday two counts of first-degree murder have been against Kenneth Hoyle. He's accused of shooting 45-year-old Bob DePaul and 42-year-old August Dempsey July 16 in an alley near their adjacent homes.

Police say Hoyle admitted to shooting the couple in the head but claimed it was in self-defense after they scaled his fence. It's unclear what the alleged ongoing dispute involved.

Hoyle was briefly taken into custody right after the shooting but was released.

Family members then put up a large banner outside the couples' home reading: "Warning — the murderer of Bob and Aug is still free" with a big arrow pointing toward Hoyle's house.

No attorney information is available online.

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