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Man found dead in Southwark, roomate arrested

A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death of a man in his 30s who was found dead in his home on Orkney Street near Mifflin Friday afternoon, police said.

Man found dead in Southwark, roomate arrested

A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death of a man in his 30s who was found dead in his home on Orkney Street near Mifflin Friday afternoon, police said.
Police said the men were roommates. However, neighbors gathered near the victim's house Friday evening identified the man as James Lawson and said the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was Lawson's live-in boyfriend. 
Police responded to the block around 2:45 p.m. and found Lawson's body in the basement of the two-story row house. 
Authorities said it appeared as if the man had been beaten to death. 
Neighbors said Lawson lived on the  block for about two years and that the men recently argued over money. It was unclear whether money was the cause of the argument that led to Lawson's death.
Police remained on the scene around 5:15 p.m. and no information was available on whether any charges were filed Friday evening. 

A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death of a man in his 30s who was found dead in his home on Orkney Street near Mifflin Friday afternoon, police said.

Cops said the men were roommates. However, neighbors gathered near the victim's house Friday evening identified the man as James Lawson and said the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was Lawson's live-in boyfriend. 

Police responded to the block around 2:45 p.m. and found Lawson's body in the basement of the two-story row house. 

Authorities said it appeared as if the man had been beaten to death. 

Neighbors said Lawson lived on the  block for about two years.

Police remained on the scene around 5:15 p.m. and no information was available on whether any charges were filed Friday evening. 

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