BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – A man charged in the slaying of a man whose body was found in the trunk of an abandoned car at a southern Michigan tow yard says the killing was in self-defense.

Forty-eight-year-old Marko McGee of Battle Creek was arraigned Wednesday on charges including open murder in the death of 43-year-old Diabulo White. Police say White’s girlfriend found the naked body of the Battle Creek man on Monday when she went to retrieve the car.

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McGee said during Wednesday’s hearing that White “came to my house and tried to murder me.” The car was apparently taken after the killing and abandoned over the weekend.

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Prosecutors say White was beaten with a hammer and possibly strangled before being put in the trunk. He also had gasoline poured on him.

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