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Pennsylvania Teen 'Snapped,' Fatally Beat 68-Year-Old Man For Making ‘Disrespectful' Comments During Video Game Session: Court Docs

Teen Accused of Beating Man to Death Over 'Disrespectful' Comments
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Brian Gray 'snapped' and allegedly beat an elderly man to death because of the victim's 'disrespectful' comments, police said.

Dec. 18 2023, Published 9:33 a.m. ET

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A teenager in Pennsylvania has been arrested after he allegedly beat an elderly man to death, according to authorities.

On Dec. 12, Brian Gray, 18, was arrested and charged with homicide in connection with the death of 68-year-old Michael Pfender in Lancaster, according to court documents obtained by Penn Live.

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Gray was reportedly playing video games and hanging out with Pfender and his roommates when Pfender made comments that Gray thought were disrespectful, authorities said.

Pfender lived in the garage where he was killed and he had three roommates who lived in a home on the same property, officials said.

Around 4 a.m. on Dec. 11, an angry Gray knocked on one of the roommate's doors and said that Pfender was not breathing. According to court documents, he then allegedly admitted to another roommate: "I killed Mike."

One roommate headed out to the garage, where they reportedly found Pfender’s body, officials said.

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During a call to 911, a roommate informed dispatchers that the teen had "snapped out" and killed Pfender.

After finding Pfender’s body, the roommates reportedly got into a heated argument with Gray, insisting they alert police. However, court documents revealed Gray proposed some “far-fetched ideas,” which allegedly included disposing of the victim's body.

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According to police, one of the roommates told detectives that Gray became upset about Pfender's "disrespectful" comments.

Around 3:15 a.m., that same roommate got online and started playing video games with Gray. Around 4 a.m., Gray abruptly said he “needed to go” and he never got back online.

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Court documents state around the same time, Gray informed another roommate that Pfender was unresponsive.

Officials determined Pfender suffered blunt force trauma to his head and face. He also had a defensive wound on his hand.

Around 11 a.m. on Dec. 12, Gray turned himself in to police, telling officers, “I [expletive] up,” authorities said.

He was booked into the Lancaster County Prison and was being held without bond.

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