Climber Charged With Killing Friend With Claw Hammer

POTOMAC, Md. — Federal authorities say a Virginia rock climber was killed when a friend hit him with a claw hammer at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged 31-year-old David DiPaolo of Bristow, Va., with manslaughter in the death of 68-year-old Geoffrey Farrar of Arlington, Va., at the Carderock Recreation Area.

Farrar was found on the trail on Dec. 28 bleeding from the head, but police say his injuries were consistent with blows from a claw hammer found nearby, not a fall. Police say the men were seen arguing and DiPaolo was seen running up the trail.

DiPaolo was arrested in Lake George, N.Y., last week. Court documents state DiPaolo told police they argued and he hit Farrar when Farrar choked him.

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