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A 22-year-old Salt Lake City man has been charged with first-degree felony murder in the baseball bat-beating death of a man he told police attempted to rape him.
Andrew Burke Berry IV is scheduled to appear Monday before 3rd District Judge James Blanch on the charge, stemming from the Aug. 9 slaying of 39-year-old Timothy Houlihan.
Berry remained in the Salt Lake County jail on Wednesday in lieu of $1 million cash-only bail.
Police reported that it was Berry who called 911 from Houlihan's apartment about 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 9. Officers found the victim dead on a bed from apparent severe head injuries inside his unit at the Trolley Place Condominiums, 520 S. 500 East.
Berry allegedly told officers that Houlihan, wielding the bat, had threatened him after Berry rebuffed sexual advances. The two purportedly struggled; Berry ended up with the bat, which he turned on Houlihan.
In charges filed on Monday, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill claimed that Berry told detectives that after the initial blows, Houlihan "fell, unconscious on the bed."
Berry allegedly confessed to striking the man "a couple more times ... 'just to make sure that he was done.' "
In all, the charges state, Houlihan was struck four to five times with the bat.
An autopsy later confirmed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.