Tuesday, June 27, 2006

SC: Suspect in killing of pawn shop owner seeks protection in Canada : "The suspect charged with killing an Easley pawn shop owner earlier this month has filed for refugee status in Canada. Roger Eugene Shephard, 21, will face cruel and unusual punishment if sent back to the United State because he could face the death penalty, said Marie Helene Giroux, one of Shephard's lawyers. "The goal is to receive assurance from the U.S. that he will not go for the death penalty," Giroux said. Since 2001, Canada has asked prosecutors to promise to not seek the death penalty before sending fugitives back to the U.S., said Chris Girouard, spokesman for the Canadian Department of Justice. Shephard is charged with murder in the killing of John Bruin, 65, at his Action Pawn shop. Surveillance video from June 15 shows a man talking to Bruin before pulling out a gun and shooting him in the chest. The man then puts some guns and other items into a bag and leaves, police said. Shephard was arrested two days later in Montreal. Shephard faces a deportation hearing Tuesday to determine if he can stay in Canada as a refugee. But even if Shephard's request is denied, it could be years before he is returned to the U.S., Giroux said. "It's a long process," she said.

New Guns for Indiana State Police: "Indiana State Troopers from the Terre Haute Post got to try out some brand new firearms Monday. The post had been using Glock 40 caliber pistols, but after some reliability issues, decided to try something else. Now the Troopers are fitted with a 9 millimeter Glock model 17, and they�re excited to have the new resource. "We`ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,� says State Trooper and Firearms Instructor Sam Stearley, �reliability has been 100% so far. It�s a low recoil cartridge and everybody is shooting very well.� Troopers say besides being more dependable, the model 17`s are also much easier to handle".

1 comment:

Gunfighter said...

Perhaps the Troopers shouldn't be such a gaggle of sissies, and do a better job of handling their weapons.