Man accused of killing friend who offered him a ride home

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SHARPSVILLE — A Mercer County man has been jailed on charges that he was drunk and killed his friend during a fight after the other man offered the suspect a ride home from a social club.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Fred Earl Abbott, 36, of Sharpsville, who faces a preliminary hearing July 11 on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and public drunkenness.

Sharpsville police tell The (Sharon) Herald that Mr. Abbott drank about a dozen beers Friday before driving himself to the local American Legion where he had three or four more beers before the bartender shut him off.

Police say several people offered to drive Mr. Abbott home, including 50-year-old Charles Frederick, who recently had heart surgery.

Instead, police say Mr. Abbott kneed Mr. Frederick in the abdomen, which led to his death.

First Published July 7, 2014 12:00 AM

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