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Murray man accused of murder says victim made advances

Murray man accused of murder says victim made advances

(Salt Lake County Jail)


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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who claimed another man made sexual advances on him was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday for investigation of murder.

Andrew Berry, 22, of Murray, was arrested after striking Timothy Houlihan, 39, of Salt Lake City, in the head at least five times with a baseball bat, causing fatal injuries, according to Salt Lake police detective Cody Lougy.

Berry and Houlihan were acquaintances, Lougy said. Berry went to Houlihan's apartment, 520 S. 500 East, about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for an unknown reason. Berry told police that Houlihan "made sexual advances toward him during the visit," according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

When he rejected Houlihan's advances, Berry told police Houlihan got angry and tried to hit Berry with a baseball bat, the report states.

Berry managed to take the bat away from Houlihan and used it against Houlihan, Lougy said, striking him "in the head a minimum of five times," the report states. Berry called 911 after the incident.

Berry has a minor criminal history in Utah, according to state court records, with no felony convictions or charges.

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