Man hammered to death in his Astoria apartment

A 29-year-old lawyer was beaten to death with a hammer during a fight over drugs in his Queens apartment on Monday afternoon, police sources said.

Jesse Smith was attacked during the dispute in his apartment on 21st St. near Astoria Blvd. in Astoria around 3:00, hammer13n-1-webpolice said.

He died at Elmhurst General Hospital, cops said.

Smith is a practicing lawyer but was struggling with a heroin habit, a police source said.

His roommate was taken into custody at the scene, where cops recovered a hammer and a shotgun, police said.

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