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Alvin Kenneth Welch Jr. Allegedly Beat Friend To Death Over BBQ Techniques

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Alvin Kenneth "Chico" Welch Jr., 35, is accused of beating Joshua Andrew Heinz to death with a baseball bat after they disagreed on carving techniques. | Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Barbecue usually inspires heated debate, not death.

Alvin Kenneth "Chico" Welch Jr., 35, is accused of beating Joshua Andrew Heinz to death with a baseball bat after they disagreed on carving techniques.

The incident happened last Saturday night at a football watching party at Heinz' house in Jacksonville, Fla.

Welch was cutting meat for a take-home plate when he started arguing with Heinz over the proper way to slice it, Jacksonville.com reported. The argument got out of hand and Welch allegedly hit Heinz, 31, with the bat.

"The suspect after the argument took the baseball bat and basically fled," Jacksonville Assistant Police Chief Chris Butler said, according to the New York Daily News.

Heinz was left lying on the floor of his living room with a large bruise on his head. He was conscious, but unable to speak. He died early Sunday morning, FirstCoastNews.com reported.

The two were acquaintances who had met each other about five times previously, Jacksonville.com reported.

Welch was arrested early Wednesday and is being held without bail at the Jacksonville jail.

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