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Man who shot, killed alleged armed intruder in court

A Huntington Station man accused of manslaughter was in court Thursday for killing an armed intruder at his home last year. Todd Burke testified that he was one of five men who planned to break into

News 12 Staff

Nov 21, 2014, 4:38 AM

Updated 3,475 days ago

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Man who shot, killed alleged armed intruder in court
A Huntington Station man accused of manslaughter was in court Thursday for killing an armed intruder at his home last year.
Todd Burke testified that he was one of five men who planned to break into a home in Huntington Station last year where Youseff Abdel-Gawad lives with his mother and brothers.
In surveillance video from inside the home, one of the alleged burglars crouched near the back door of the home and pulls out a gun. Soon after, a flash goes off. More shots are then fired off camera and one of the alleged burglars was killed.
Abdel-Gawd is now on trial for manslaughter and says he is devastated that Burke is trying to make him out to be the bad guy.
"He cut a plea bargain to come and testify against me and I'm the one here facing a manslaughter charge and fighting for my life," said Abdel-Gawad. "I thought I was doing the right thing, protecting my home and my family."
Burke testified that he and Jazzmen Bryant, the man who was killed, were not the ones who were armed and claim it was the other men who approached Abdel-Gawad's house that night.
No one in the two groups called 911 the night of the incident.


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