Monday, September 01, 2008

PA: Shooter claims self-defense: "An 83-year-old Penn Hills man said he shot his stepson dead to protect himself and other family members, according to court documents. Allegheny County police charged John A. Latimer with homicide in the shooting of his stepson about 11:20 p.m. Friday at a house in the 100 block of Lisa Drive, where the two lived with two other relatives. The stepson, Roy C. Wright, 62, died at the scene, officials said. Latimer told police that a family argument escalated into Wright threatening to kill the three other occupants of the house... Wright started threatening everyone in the house. Latimer went to his upstairs bedroom to get his .32-caliber revolver and returned downstairs. Wright had started going upstairs but turned around and came toward Latimer, threatening him and the others, Latimer told police. Wright said, "You better shoot me or I'm gonna kill you," according to Latimer's account to police."

TX: Man Questioned In Brother's Shooting: "A 20-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the city's south side late Wednesday. Police said the shooter was the man's brother, but charges may not be filed against the sibling since the shooting appeared to be in self-defense. The victim told police that he was sitting in the parking lot of the New South Point Apartments in the 5500 block of South New Braunfels around 11:30 p.m. when two men opened fire on him from a far distance. The man was hit in the upper chest and was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in good condition. But during the investigation, police discovered that an older brother of the victim tried to kick his sibling out of the apartment they shared, and that's when the victim pointed a gun at him. The older brother then shot his sibling. Detectives are sorting out the men's stories and evidence to determine if charges, if any, will be filed."

SC: Drunk shot in self-defense: "Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams has issued her final ruling in a shooting that left 25-year-old Jon Limbert of Bluffton, S.C., dead. Though a news release, Adams said she has ruled that Limbert was shot in self-defense. Toxicology results from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division showed that Limbert's blood alcohol level was at an "impairing level" at the time he was shot. Witness statements and evidence at the scene also show that he was armed with a knife when he was shot twice, which left him dead at the scene. According to reports, Limbert was shot twice with two different pistols at 423 Williford Road in Starr on Oct. 29, 2007. There were six other people at the residence at the time of the shooting. He reportedly was shot after drinking during a hunting trip and a fight with the homeowner. Since her son's death, Evva Anderson of Bluffton has argued that her son could not have been a threat to anyone. Limbert suffered a traumatic brain injury 10 years ago and had paralysis on his left side. But the injury to his brain caused recurring problems, including a string of traffic crimes, including driving under the influence between 2000 and 2006. In information released earlier by the Anderson County Coroner's Office, Limbert's blood alcohol content was .542 percent at the time of his death. That is almost seven times the legal limit of .08 percent in South Carolina."

GA: Teen pleads guilty to 2007 home invasion : "An Augusta teenager who participated in a home invasion that left him and his partner and a homeowner with gunshot wounds pleaded guilty Thursday. Montrelle L. Teasley, 17, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to all charges filed for the Nov. 16 assault on a Tate Road couple and their baby. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. accepted the plea negotiation for a 20-year prison sentence. The judge also sentenced Mr. Teasley to serve 10 years on probation when he completes the prison term. Accomplice Marcus Turner, 23, was convicted at trial and sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years earlier this year." [Previous report here]

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