Man kills man who stole his wallet, is now charged with manslaughter

Simon Morris is charged with manslaughter after he beat a man to death who tried to steal his wallet, authorities said. (Orleans Justice Center jail)

NEW ORLEANS (AP/Meredith) — A man was beaten to death in New Orleans after stealing another man's wallet, and the wallet owner now faces a manslaughter charge.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that 31-year Simon Morris was arrested in the death of a man identified only as "Edwin."

Police said Edwin approached Morris and asked him for a dollar outside a gas station Friday morning, but then snatched the wallet from Morris's back pocket. Morris chased and caught Edwin.

Police said Edwin was severely beaten and kicked for at least five minutes despite efforts by others to intervene. Edwin died later at a hospital.

A manslaughter conviction can result in no prison time or up to 40 years.

Records indicate Morris remained jailed Saturday.

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