A Gloucester County grand jury indicted a Philadelphia man in the shooting death of his stepfather after an argument over a gay dinner guest, according to NJ Advance Media.
Christian A. Smith, 23, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder and a second-degree count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose after killing Woolwich's Dennis McKenzie, 43, when he learned about the sexual orientation of a guest McKenzie invited to a gathering last October, the outlet said.
Smith told his stepdad that he did not "approve" of the guest's presence and that their house was a "house of God," according to the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office.
An altercation ensued and McKenzie took a swing at Smith, who then pulled out a handgun and shot his stepfather in the head and body, killing him instantly, NJ Advance Media says citing authorities.
Pending a trial, Smith remains jailed at the Salem County Correctional Facility. His attorneys maintain the shooting was an accident.
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