Man Convicted of Killing Friend Over $700 Super Bowl Bet

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Newark, N.J. – Is Super Bowl betting dangerous? A New Jersey man was convicted Wednesday of killing a friend over what prosecutors say was a losing Super Bowl bet the defendant didn’t want to pay.

Thirty-one-year-old Eddie Roberson, of Newark, was convicted Wednesday of killing 38-year-old Talif Crowley, of Bloomfield, in February 2013.

According to prosecutors, Roberson and Crowley were longtime friends that had bet $700 on the Feb. 3, 2013 Super Bowl game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, in which the Ravens won 34 to 31. The 49ers were Super Bowl favorites who oddsmakers favored; the Ravens’ win shocked those in football betting.

Roberson, believing his team had been cheated, did not want to pay up.

He shot Crowley six times on a street in Newark two days after the game during a confrontation. He faces up to life in prison at his sentencing on January 22.

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