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Testimony begins in 'baseball bat' murder trial

31-year-old killed in dispute over cutting barbecue meat

Alvin Welch testifies in his "stand your ground" hearing in July 2014.
Alvin Welch testifies in his "stand your ground" hearing in July 2014.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Testimony began Tuesday for Alvin Welch, who is accused of second-degree murder in the 2013 baseball bat beating death of Joshua Heinz.

Prosecutors say Welch struck Heinz with the bat after Heinz (pictured below) slapped a plate of barbecue out of his hand at an NFL playoff watch party.

Heinz died eight hours later.

Joshua Heinz
Joshua Heinz

Welch, who is claiming self-defense, says Heinz also grabbed a carving knife and threatened him.

Welch made a stand-your-ground petition, claiming he was in fear for his life when he hit 31-year-old Heinz once in the head with a baseball bat. His petition was denied after a hearing last summer.

Welch, who has five previous felony convictions, has been in jail since shortly after the killing.