Thursday, November 11, 2010

SC: Poker game killing was Self-Defense: "A man who shot and killed another during a poker game acted in self-defense, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. Investigator Chad McBride said the two men were with four others, playing poker inside a building at 115 Commerce Blvd. just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. McBride said Jermaine Scott pulled a handgun, trying to recover lost money and rob the others. McBride said another player, who had a concealed weapon permit,pulled his own gun and the two men opened fire. Scott later died at the hospital. The coroner said the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. McBride said another man was shot in the hand and treated at the hospital.

MS: Store clerk acquitted on murder charges: A Jackson convenience store worker has been found not guilty in the 2008 shooting death of a shoplifter. A Hinds county jury found Sarbrinder Pannu not guilty in the murder of 36 year old James Hawthorne. Pannu shot Hawthorne after he stole a case of beer from the J and S Food Mart on Medgar Evers Boulevard. Prosecuting attorneys argued that Hawthorne was unarmed when he was gunned down. In closing arguments defense attorney Tom Fortner said Pannu feared for his life when he saw Hawthorne reaching for what he thought was a gun. Defense attorney Tom Fortner told reporters leaving the courtroom, "I think this verdict sends the message that people are tired of the crime, they are saying stop the robbing, stop the stealing."

FL: Self-defense law gets man released from jail: "Gunfire erupted on a Newtown street in May, leaving Patrick Barbour dead on the road and Alphonse Gallo in jail facing a murder charge and the possibility of life behind bars. But a judge listened to the details of the killing and ruled that Gallo, 35, should not be prosecuted for murder because of Florida's stand-your-ground law, which allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves. Gallo testified that Barbour and several other men confronted him May 15 near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Pershing Avenue about 2:30 a.m. The two had a minor fight about 30 minutes earlier. Gallo testified that Barbour, 24, threatened to rob him and then pulled a handgun from a pocket. Gallo, who had a concealed weapons permit to carry a handgun, said he drew his own gun and fired at Barbour three times."

AZ: “Guns save lives educate your kids” officially censored: "After rounds of meetings and phone calls, the city of Phoenix, perhaps prophetically on Election Day, Tue., Nov. 2, passed final judgment and decided that censorship of our bus-stop advertisements would remain final. ‘Educate Your Kids’ with the big red ‘Guns Save Lives’ heart, which they tore down more than a week ago, were deemed unacceptable and would stay down. They blamed CBS Outdoor with the ‘error’ for having put them up.”

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