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'Meat is murder: Another death caused by fights over meat'

14 December 2012

The International Business Times reports that in just three months in the US there has been a second death where meat may have been the motive for murder

The IBT reports that a Florida man who allegedly killed his roommate during an argument over a pork chop marks the second time meat may have been the motive for murder in the last three months.

''Thomas Hahn, 55, of Holly Hill allegedly got into an argument with 35-year-old roommate Robert Eugene Gray Jr over how to prepare pork chops, then shot him three times with a rifle, police told the Orlando Sentinel.

''Gray’s murder over a pork chop comes a little more than three months after a St. Louis-area man allegedly killed his uncle over an argument over pork steaks,'' reports the IBT.

The paper says 43-year-old John Cunningham of Jennings, Mo., allegedly shot his uncle, Lessie Lowe, following a fight over pork steaks.

Cunningham and his 44-year-old uncle were arguing over whether the meat they were about to cook were pork chops or pork steaks.

“Cunningham said they were pork steaks, police said. Lowe disagreed,” the paper reports.

''The argument over the pork chops/pork steaks got so heated the men had to be separated by someone in the Jennings home,'' the IBT says. ''That’s when police said Cunningham went to retrieve a shotgun and shot Lowe, according to the Post-Dispatch.''

Three months later, a Florida man was killed over meat.

''Hahn and Gray were roommates with two others, who were at the Holly Hill home at the time of the shooting.

''The dispute began when Gray came home drunk. The men then got into an argument over how to prepare pork chops when Hahn went to his bedroom, retrieved a rifle and pumped at least three bullets into Gray, killing him.''

One other roommate called 911 and told a dispatcher Gray was shot in the head. Police responded to the home around 10:27 p.m.

Hahn was sitting in a chair near the dead body when police arrived, says the IBT.

Police have said alcohol may have played a role in the shooting.

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