Man charged with murder of friend

Man charged with murder of friend

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PRICE -- A man accused of strangling a friend at a weekend birthday party has now been charged with manslaughter.

Paul Edward Willson was arrested early Saturday night following the death of Jonathan Tobey at the Price Recreation Area.

Authorities say it started with an argument over a relationship. A group of five friends were camping and having a birthday party July 10.

The Carbon County Sheriff's Office says there's evidence of heavy drinking. There was an argument about someone kissing another person's girlfriend.

Authorities say one man left the campground because of the argument.

They say Willson and two women stayed at the campground, packed up their things and tried to get Tobey in the car to leave. They say Tobey was belligerent and uncooperative.

The two women drove to an area where they could get cell service and call for help. When deputies arrived, Tobey was dead.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m.

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