Saturday, January 20, 2007

Florida: Two men won't face charges in Wal-Mart shooting spree: "Two men who returned fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot gun battle last week won't face any charges, according to St. Petersburg police. The men were shot at in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at at 3501 34th St. S. in St. Petersburg by Joseph G. Williams [above], according to police. Williams, 21, who received a gunshot wound to his foot during the incident, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, violation of a domestic violence injunction and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams was scheduled to have surgery Friday for his foot wound. Even though the other two men involved in the incident do not have permits to carry weapons, they will not face charges because they acted in self defense. Police said the men are cooperating with the investigation. Police said the shooting was the result of a long standing feud between the men, and not a gang dispute."

Minnesota: Man Won't Be Charged For Killing Girlfriend's Ex: "The Wright County prosecutor has decided not to press charges against a Rockford, Minn. man who shot his girlfriend's former boyfriend in December. Eric M. Cegon, 30, shot 35-year-old Erik A. Richter, of Watertown, Minn., twice with a shotgun early in the morning of Dec. 13 when Richter broke in through a back door into the Rockford home of Samantha E. Simons, 21. According to Wright County Attorney Thomas Kelly, the relationship between Richter and Simons turned abusive, culminating with a charge of domestic assault filed in April 2005. When Simons began a relationship with Cegon in September 2006, Richter began threatening both of them. "He refused to let her go, and said that if he couldn't have her, nobody would," Kelly said. Richter was charged with making terroristic threats and inflicting criminal damage to property on Nov. 6 of last year after he broke all the windows on Cegon's vehicle and tried to climb through his bedroom window, yelling his intentions to kill Cegon... Cegon and Simons went to bed the evening of Dec. 12 prepared for a visit from Richter. They barricaded the front door of Simons' house with a small sofa, locked themselves with Simons' son in an upstairs bedroom and blocked the door with a dresser. Cegon armed himself with a shotgun. At 3:30 a.m., according to Kelly, Richter broke through the front door of the house and ran upstairs, forcing open the bedroom door and knocking down the dresser. He had in his hand a loaded, .45-caliber Colt semi-automatic handgun. Later investigation revealed Richter had also brought leg irons and handcuffs. Cegon shot Richter twice."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And this made it to court why, exactly?

Sounds like an absolutely clear cut case of self defence to me.