NE man convicted of third-degree murder in dog droppings dispute

Tyri­rk Har­ris, 28, was ac­quit­ted of first-de­gree murder charges.

Jur­ors on Fri­day con­victed a North­east Phil­aph­ia man of third-de­gree murder charges in the shoot­ing death of a neigh­bor in a dis­pute over dog drop­pings.

Tyri­rk Har­ris, 28, also was con­victed of the charge of pos­ses­sion of an in­stru­ment of a crime, ac­cord­ing to court re­cords.

At the same time, the jury ac­quit­ted Har­ris of first-de­gree murder charges and oth­er weapons charges.

He was on tri­al in Com­mon Pleas Court in con­nec­tion with the Feb. 14, 2012, slay­ing of Frank­lin Santana, 47. Both men lived on the 6500 block of Tor­res­dale Ave. in Ta­cony.

Po­lice said Har­ris shot Santana in the face and body after Santana came to his home to com­plain that Har­ris had al­lowed his dog to de­fec­ate on Santana’s lawn.

Har­ris test­i­fied that when he answered the door of his home he was wear­ing a 9mm hand­gun in a hol­ster. He said Santana lunged for Har­ris’ gun and the two men struggled.

Har­ris told the courtroom: “I didn’t in­tend to kill this man.”

Judge Bar­bara A, Mc­Der­mott set sen­ten­cing for April 26.

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