Man convicted of fatally stabbing neighbor over bird chirps

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man has been found guilty of stabbing his downstairs neighbor to death in a dispute over pet birds.

Camden County prosecutors say 65-year-old David Giordano was convicted on Monday of aggravated manslaughter in the June 2012 slaying of 52-year-old Michael Taylor.

The Voorhees Township man had been Taylor's upstairs neighbor. Prosecutors say Giordano poured water on Taylor's pet birds because they were chirping too loudly. The birds had been kept on Taylor's porch.

Giordano then repeatedly stabbed Taylor with a knife when Taylor confronted him. Taylor died from his injuries at a hospital nearly three weeks later.

Giordano is expected to be sentenced next month. He faces 15 to 30 years in state prison.

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