Murder suspect says victim tried to hurt dog

2013-01-08T12:19:00Z 2013-01-08T12:32:24Z Murder suspect says victim tried to hurt dogKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 08, 2013 12:19 pm  • 

More information has come to light in the death of a 71-year-old Tucson man who was killed in November.

On Nov. 28, a constable went to a home near West Valencia and South Midvale Park roads to serve an eviction notice and found William Salamonsen dead on the living room floor.

He had extensive trauma to his head, neck and chest.

Court documents indicate Salamonsen's roommate, David Gallagher, told police Salamonsen ran into a bookcase earlier that day and the bookcase fell over and killed him. Then he said it had happened two days earlier.

He then changed his story again.

Gallagher said Salamonsen had tried to hurt a dog on Nov. 26, they got into an altercation and he held the bookcase down on the victim with his 230-pound body, court documents indicate.

However, TPD Detective Jennifer Whitfield says in the same document that the autopsy revealed the victim suffered injuries "far beyond the manner of force described by Gallagher."

A case management conference is scheduled for Jan. 16.

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