A fight between two Pennsylvania neighbors over spotlights quickly turned deadly after one man, an Anti-Trump activist, allegedly shot the other, a Republican, to death on Aug. 8.
Clayton Carter shot George Jennings, both 51, twice in the head, WPVI reports.
Police had already visited the neighborhood in West Goshen to calm a fight between the two men over "cursing and video recording" when another one broke out over spotlights.
The last feud ended with Jennings' death. After allegedly shooting him, police say Carter did not call 911 or make any attempt to save the man.
Carter, who has a criminal record, says he acted in self-defense after Jennings came onto him with a knife, reports Philly.com.
"My client says he was justified in doing so because he was under attack by a knife-wielding assailant," said defense attorney Terrence Marlowe.
Neighbors defended Jennings, and described Carter as an argumentative man.
"We steered clear of him," said Kathy Pratt. "We were frightened of him because he's so unpredictable."
"You don't want to sound cliche, you see this on TV all the time, but [Jennings] is probably the nicest, best guy I've ever met in my whole life," Brian Dougherty chimed in. "Really, seriously."
Mary Beth Wallace says she had a feeling Carter was involved in the shooting before she learned that he was.
"My heart sunk to my feet, because I knew something had happened," Wallace said. "I had seen that there was a shooting on Box Elder, and my heart just sunk to my feet. I knew all the way over here, I just suspected what I was going to find."
While the deadly argument was over spotlights, Carter's political beliefs made the story quickly capture the attention of many worldwide.
When they got to the house, police found Carter's front yard littered with signs protesting President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Jennings was a Republican Trump supporter.
As a result, the response to the murder quickly turned political.
"Ah, the 'tolerant' left," wrote one WPVI reader. "This is the world we live in now. Liberals are all for tolerance except when it comes to those who think differently than they do."
"Exactly," added another. "Stay away from any libthard, anti Trumper. Don't talk to them, do business with them, or look them in the eyes in passing. They are dangerous."
Others were quick to argue back in defense.
"Give it a break," wrote a third. "The entire Republican establishment was anti-trump until he got elected. They still don't know what to do with him. The article makes it clear that the guy was unhinged; any lawn covered in hand-written signs and old cars suggests he is not well."
Sources: WPVI, Philly.com / / Featured Image: Miki Yoshihito/Flickr / Embedded Images: Jill Oliver Jennings via Philly.com, Chester County District Attorney's Office via Daily Mail