Man who killed girlfriend with a microwave dies in prison

February 26, 2008 11:14:40 AM PST
A Fayette County man has died in prison less than a month after he was sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating his girlfriend to death with a microwave oven.

Prison officials say 60-year-old Walter Fordyce of Uniontown died Friday at Holy Spirit Hospital at the State Correctional Facility in Camp Hill, Cumberland County.

Fordyce had been in the prison since he was convicted Feb. 5 of stomping on 54-year-old Mary McCann after hitting her with the microwave at their home in April 2006. Police say Fordyce attacked the woman after a day of drinking that ended with a fatal argument over a roast beef sandwich.

Jurors deliberated for 30 minutes before finding Fordyce guilty of first-degree murder.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,