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Man allegedly kills neighbor in dispute over lights

September 27, 2011 |  5:08 pm

A 51-year-old Canyon Country man was charged with murder Tuesday in the shotgun death of his next-door neighbor after a feud over the installation of a new light system turned deadly.

Lennie Paul Tracey is charged with murdering Anthony Jay Davis and assaulting the victim's wife with a firearm in the Sept. 24 incident.

A neighborhood feud between the men had recently escalated when Tracey installed infrared lights on his property and pointed them in the direction of Davis' home, authorities say.

Tracey allegedly shot Davis, 51, twice about 3 a.m. after the victim unplugged the lights, according to prosecutors.

After the shooting, Tracey allegedly pointed the gun at the victim’s wife. The two men had apparently argued in the past over the lighting system.

Tracey is being held on $1.1-million bail. If convicted as charged, Tracey faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.


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