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93-Year-Old Man Indicted On Murder Charges in Shooting Over Music

November 22, 1991

PHOENIX (AP) _ A 93-year-old man faces trial for murder after allegedly shooting his next- door neighbor and her boyfriend because their music was too loud.

Police say Edward L. Mazy confessed the Nov. 10 double-slaying at a trailer park in suburban Glendale. He allegedly said he had planned to kill Francine Ritter, for more than a year, according to the indictment made public Thursday.

There was no answer late Thursday afternoon at the office of Mazy’s attorney.

Police had been called to the trailer park several times because of disputes between Mazy and Ritter. Mazy, who lived alone, had rejected offers from the state and police to provide mediation.

Hours before the shooting, police responded to a complaint by Mazy and asked Ritter, 39, to turn down her stereo. A neighbor has said she turned up the volume after police left.

Mazy, a retired coal miner, then shot Ritter and her boyfriend, 49-year-old Alfredo Centracchio, with a .22-caliber handgun, the indictment said.

He was in the infirmary of a county jail awaiting trial.

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