He claimed self-defense after his neighbor tried to kiss him. A jury thought differently

A Pensacola man has been convicted of killing and stealing money from his neighbor, according to court documents.

Kalvin Allison, 45, was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder, evidence tampering and three counts of grand theft, records show. He could be sentenced to life in prison at his November hearing.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that a woman walking her dog found the body of Allison’s neighbor, 54-year-old Charles Locke, by a lake on May 23. Locke’s hands, feet and mouth were bound by duct tape while his body was wrapped in a tarp, the arrest report says. A kitchen tile and sheetrock were also near found the body.

These items led investigators to Allison, whose house was next to Locke’s. When questioned by cops, Allison initially claimed self-defense because Locke had tried to kiss him. He later admitted to pushing his neighbor, who fell, hit his head on a coffee table and died as a result of his injuries, the report says.

Investigators later discovered Allison had made several withdrawals from Locke’s bank account after his death, according to the Pensacola report.

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Kalvin Allison Escambia County Sheriff's Office
C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.