A man charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a Lockport man on Genesee Street last fall rejected a plea deal Monday in Niagara County Court.

Paul M. Flynn, 40, was charged in connection with the death of Clyde M. Mullen, 48. He was originally charged with first-degree assault, on Sept. 20, when Mullen was hospitalized with severe injuries; then after Mullen died, Flynn was charged with murder. That charge was later changed to first-degree manslaughter.

Mullen was found unconscious at the bottom of the stairs at 80 Genesee St. According to police reports, he and Flynn had argued over a can of beer before Mullen was injured; one witness told police that Flynn had choked Mullen and threw him down the stairs, while another witness said Flynn shoved Mullen. Mullen died on Sept. 24.

Flynn denied choking Mullen and said he never intended to hurt him.

Flynn's trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

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