Man charged with strangling friend with Christmas lights

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a Tennessee man has been charged with strangling his friend with a string of Christmas lights during an argument.


The Shelby County district attorney’s office in Memphis said Thursday that 37-year-old Hans Banks has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge.


Prosecutors say Banks and his friend, 59-year-old Joseph Hurdle, were at Banks’ apartment in July when an argument they were having turned violent.


Authorities say Banks hit Hurdle with an object, strangled him with a string of Christmas lights and left in Hurdle’s vehicle. Banks later flagged down officers and told them there was a body in his apartment.


An affidavit shows Banks told police he was in a sexual relationship with Hurdle. Banks remains jailed.


Banks’ lawyer did not immediately return a phone call Thursday.