Thursday, November 02, 2006

N.Y.: Neighbours from Hell shot: "A grand jury refused to file charges against a man accused of shooting at his neighbors after a running feud, killing one man and wounding two others. Jasper Lemon Jr., was freed from jail after authorities dropped murder, attempted murder and weapons possession charges. After evaluating the evidence, the grand jury panel concluded Thursday that Lemon was justified in his conduct and acting in self defense, prosecutors said. Lemon, 22, was accused of using a .22 caliber rifle to gun down Albert Maeweather, 33, and wound his brother, Timothy Maeweather, 27, and a friend, Amar Chavis, 25, June 22. Prosecutors said Lemon shot at his neighbors from the upstairs window of his home. Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan had said the Maeweathers had moved in next-door to the Lemons about two years ago and the problems began almost immediately. Police were sent to the homes frequently to investigate reports of screaming, swearing and bottle and brick throwing, he said."

Woman Still Gets Jail In Self-Defense Drug Shooting: "A Pittsburgh woman cleared of shooting and killing a man who stole her stash of crack cocaine was sentenced on Tuesday to 1½ to three years in jail for illegally carrying a gun. Karena Dorsey had faced a maximum of seven years in jail. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the 19-year-old Homewood woman apologized on Tuesday and asked for a second chance. In August, an Allegheny County judge found Dorsey not guilty of homicide, but convicted her of possessing a firearm without a license. The judge found that Dorsey acted in self-defense when she shot 42-year-old DeWayne Rankin during a confrontation over stolen drugs in Homewood on Sept. 26, 2005. Dorsey had testified that she confronted Rankin after he stole $750 of her drugs and that she shot him when he came at her in a threatening manner. The Trib reported that Dorsey was pregnant, suspended from school, working at a Foot Locker and dancing in a strip club at the time of the shooting, in addition to dealing crack in Homewood."

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