Police: NY man beats teen to death in dispute over girlfriend

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a man has been charged with beating another man to death in western New York in a dispute over a girlfriend.

Police say 21-year-old Cody Jeffords assaulted 19-year-old Justin Vanderwalker outside an apartment complex in the Erie County town of Cheektowaga (cheek-tuh-WAH’-guh) last week.

Vanderwalker, a Cheektowaga resident, was taken to a hospital where he died from blunt force trauma.

Polices say no weapons were used.

Jeffords is jailed without bail in Buffalo. It wasn’t immediately known if Jeffords has a lawyer.

Police say they are working with the district attorney’s office to upgrade the charges against Jeffords, who also lives in the Buffalo suburb.

Authorities say they’re awaiting the results of a mental capacity evaluation.

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