Sunday, November 05, 2006

Authorities say Anchorage man shot teen in self-defense: "Authorities said Friday they will not bring charges against Matthew Schneider for killing a teenager in his driveway last summer. "The District Attorney's Office has reviewed this evidence in light of the applicable Alaska law and has determined that Mr. Schneider's actions were in self-defense," Department of Law spokesman Mark Morones said in a prepared statement. James Ifopo, 17, Rodney Maatafa, 16, and another unnamed youth were on bicycles and approached Schneider, who had just pulled into the driveway of his East Anchorage home just after 11:30 p.m. on June 28, authorities said. According to Morones, Schneider asked them to leave his property three times, and then said he would call the police. Witnesses said Ifopo then hit Schneider in the head a number of times. Schneider was still standing in the open door of his car. Officials said another teen pushed the car door closed and into Schneider. Schneider told officials he was knocked to the ground with all three teenagers punching him. Schneider told police he drew a gun he carries with him and shot Ifopo in the chest. Maatafa was hit in the arm. Ifopo died of the wound, and Maatafa was treated and released."

PA: Man not guilty in homicide charges but still in jail: "A Squirrel Hill man who said he shot his former girlfriend in self-defense was acquitted Friday of homicide charges. Former white supremacist Hardy Lloyd, 28, shot Lori Hann, 41, just above her left eye the night of Aug. 3, 2004, in Squirrel Hill. Lloyd gripped his attorney's hand as the jury foreman delivered the verdict, clearing Lloyd of first- and third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. He was convicted of a gun charge, carrying a firearm without a license. "We think the jury followed the law, and applied the facts. It was the appropriate decision under the facts," said defense attorney Caroline Roberto. "His statement to police was very convincing." ... Lloyd faces up to five years in jail on the gun charge when he is sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole. A sentencing date has not been set. Lloyd returned yesterday to the county jail, where he has already served about two years. Roberto said she will seek to have him released on bond."

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