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Trial expected in television killing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Mississippi man is slated to be tried this week in Gwinnett for allegedly beating an acquaintance to death with a television two years ago.

Reginald "Reggie" Pulley is charged with killing and ripping off Norcross resident Darryl Mason, 38, in Mason's Meadowood Commons apartment in April 2008.

Pulley is charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of theft by taking, according to his indictment.

Pulley reportedly stopped by his friend's place April 9 that year, and an argument broke out. Pulley was so enraged he beat Mason with a television across the face and body hard enough to break his ribs and traumatize his head, the indictment says.

Police said Pulley, then 30, fled Georgia in his pal's 1997 Mazda Protege. Two weeks later, Pulley allegedly admitted to the murder after police in Water Valley, Miss., arrested him on unrelated charges. He was later extradited to Gwinnett, where he remains jailed without bond.

Pulley, who formerly lived in Norcross, also stole two PlayStation gaming systems, 20 video games, some jewelry and about 30 DVDs from Mason, the indictment says.

Officers were initially called to Mason's residence when he failed to show up for work.

Jury selection in the trial is scheduled to begin this week, with Judge Timothy Hamil presiding.