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Man Kills Uncle in Heated Argument Over Pork Chops, or Were They Pork Steaks?

John Cunningham

John Cunningham

A Jennings, Mo., man was arrested on September 10, 2012, after arguing with his uncle and allegedly shooting him¬†fatally over dinner. It seems that John Cunningham, 43, was visiting his uncle, Lessie E. Lowe, 44, for a delicious pork dinner, when they started to argue over what cut of pork they were cooking: pork chops or pork steaks. Cunningham reportedly said they were pork steaks, while Lowe, it seems, insisted that they were pork chops. Neither man let it go, and by 1 a.m. the argument had reportedly gotten physical. A third person had to separate Lowe and Cunningham. That’s when Cunningham went to another room in the house, got a shotgun, and shot Lowe, who died later at a local hospital. Cunningham was arrested and held without bond. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

On investigation it turns out that Cunningham was right, they were pork steaks.

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