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Witness says argument about sanitary habits prompted fatal shooting at fast food restaurant

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Joshua Ratliff (Source: Hardin County Detention Center) Joshua Ratliff (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - The trial is underway for a man accused of fatally shooting a co-worker at a fast-food restaurant just days after a witness says the two got into an argument over sanitary work habits.

Hardin County jurors heard testimony Wednesday in the case of 28-year-old Joshua Ratliff.

Ratliff is charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Ryan Birse at a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant.

Witnesses testified that Ratliff walked into his workplace on his day off in February 2016, and shot Birse multiple times while he was packing chicken.

Restaurant employee Deandre Gaines said Birse and Ratliff had exchanged words two days before the shooting after Birse told Ratliff to stop touching chicken after taking his hands out of the dishwater.

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