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Man kills roommate with toilet tank cover during fight over drugs

By Mason White 2:34 PM April 27, 2015
David Pottle 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of manslaughter after beating his roommate with a toilet tank cover in a fight over drugs, prosecutors in Ohio said.

53-year-old David Pottle of Akron, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the killing of 53-year-old Derrick Burris.

Pottle was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison. Pottle was originally charged with murder. The lesser charge came as part of a plea bargain agreement.

Pottle allowed Burris to stay with him at his apartment in the 600 block of Sharon Road, after Burris was expelled from his home for using drugs.

They used cocaine and drank alcohol before the deadly fight broke out. Pottle took the toilet tank cover and hit Burris several times.

Pottle also stabbed him in the neck.