Sunday, January 23, 2011

MS: Jury finds man was killed in self-defense: "After a four-day trial, a Clay County jury returned a not-guilty verdict Friday in the manslaughter trial of Jeremy Barnhill. The jury found that Barnhill, 26, of West Point, shot and killed 46-year-old Curtis Clardy in self-defense on Jack Williams Road in the Cedar Bluff community on Jan. 2, 2010. Barnhill testified Thursday that he went to Clardy's house on Jan. 2, 2010, to pick up his sister, Tiffany Johnson. When he arrived at Clardy's house, he saw Clardy in the yard and drove past, heading down the dead-end road. After he turned around to go back the way he came, he met Clardy, who blocked the road with his truck, Barnhill said. Then, he continued, Clardy, who had a knife, and Clardy's best friend, Donald Sheward, approached him while he was sitting in his vehicle with the door open and attacked him. Fearing for his life, Barnhill took the pistol and pushed it into Clardy's stomach and told him to leave, Barnhill said. When Clardy tried to break free, Barnhill shot him once."

GA: Parking lot robber shot: "No criminal charges will be filed against the man who fatally shot the suspect, identified as Yuhanna Abdulah Williams, 30, in an apparent robbery attempt Saturday in the parking lot of a Salem Road grocery store. The victim was carrying a gun in his holster and shot Williams, one of two assailants, during the struggle that occurred at around 8 p.m. Saturday outside the Ingles grocery store, located at 2455 Salem Road..... She said the 22-year-old man had a gun permit for the weapon used in the shooting. “He was checked out at the hospital and released right after,” Shupe said. The shooting stemmed from an armed robbery attempt in which the Conyers man was attacked at knife point by two men. There was struggle between the victim and the robbers that resulted in the death of Williams, who was shot in the head and died at the scene."

Giving guns to teachers: A Nebraska legislator submits bill: "It was inevitable that someone would push a plan to allow teachers to pack concealed guns, and now, someone has, that someone being Nebraska state Sen. Mark Christensen, who has even submitted legislation to that end. Here’s what he was quoted as saying by the Christian Science Monitor as he submitted his bill this week to the state legislature: “If you have a kid come in to shoot a teacher ... or other kids, it’s best to have somebody that can take care of the situation.” Christensen’s plan also followed a recent shooting in which an Omaha high school senior killed an assistant principal and wounded a principal before killing himself, the Monitor reported."

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