Saturday, May 28, 2011

NC: Jury finds man not-guilty: "A Scotland County jury handed down a not-guilty verdict Friday in the 2009 shooting death of the man in a Laurinburg Piggy Wiggly. Police say Odum, a butcher, was working in the meat department of the Piggly Wiggly on East Church Street when McLean threatened to harm him. The dispute occurred over Odum’s ex-girlfriend, whom McLean was dating at the time of the shooting, according to authorities. The woman is also the mother of Odum’s two children. Authorites say McLean walked into the store on July 17, 2009 shouting for Odum. When McLean confronted Odum, the butcher drew out a handgun and shot McLean three times at close range, according to police. McLean died at the scene. After the shooting Odum walked to the police station and turned himself into authorities. Odum’s Attorney William H. Dowdy said that Odum shot McLean in self-defense. He told the jury that McLean had a reputation for being violent. “Aubrey was at his job and the man walked in threatening him and attacked him. Aubrey was defending himself,” he said."

NY: Man (above) who was shot by store owner is sent to prison for robbery attempt: "A Syracuse man shot while trying to rob the owner of a city convenience store was sentenced today to serve nine years in state prison. Rayshawn Johnson, 29, had nothing to say before state Supreme Court Justice John Brunetti imposed the penalty agreed to when Johnson pleaded guilty. Johnson admitted he was armed with a knife when he tried to rob Ruben Colon in the victim's Los Amigos convenience store at 204 W. Brighton Ave. Sept. 27. Authorities said that when Johnson threatened Colon with a large knife, Colon pulled a gun to defend himself. Johnson tried to wrestle the gun away from Colon and was shot in the side when the weapon went off during the struggle, officials said."

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