Man pleads guilty in death of Asheville man, sentenced

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BUNCOMBE CO., NC (WSPA) – An Inman man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a man at an Asheville home.

According to the Buncombe County District Attorney, 34-year-old Andrew Zapf has been sentenced to 157 to 201 months in prison in connection with the May 10, 2016 death of Jerry Darrell Langford.

Langford was found dead in his home on Nancy Street.

Zapf was originally charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death.

Langford was found with bruises, cuts, and scrapes on his head. He was also found to have bleeding on his brain and multiple rib fractures and bruises.

Langford was found in his bed after a 911 caller reported that he had been drinking the night before and did not wake up.

“This case was to be tried last fall on a charge of first degree murder but when a key and necessary witness for the State was charged with a serious violent crime shortly before trial, questions were raised about our ability to prove first degree murder to the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt,” said District Attorney Todd Williams.

“After lengthy discussion with the surviving family members of the victim, we determined that this case was best resolved through the reduced plea to voluntary manslaughter,” said Williams. “Nothing can be done to lessen the Langford family’s loss through the court process and I have personally expressed my condolences to them multiple times.”

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