Friday, June 03, 2011

CO: Robber thwarted by a man and his gun: "Police said a man had just finished washing his car at the Power Wash north of Woodmen Road near Rangewood Drive at about 8 p.m. Another man walked up carrying a knife and demanded his money. The victim, sitting in his car, acted as though he was reaching for his wallet. Much to the robber’s surprise, the man grabbed a semi-automatic hand gun. According to police, the robber ran away immediately."

IN: Court scraps murder conviction on self-defense grounds: "The state appeals court has ordered a new trial for an Indianapolis man convicted of murder, saying the trial judge erred by refusing to issue a jury instruction on self-defense without the man's testimony. The three-judge panel on Thursday reversed the conviction of Larry Ault of Indianapolis, who was found guilty of the 2009 shooting of Andrew Parrish. Court records say Ault shot Parrish after the other man threatened to beat him during a backyard confrontation over money. Ault asked the trial judge to instruct the jurors about self-defense, but the judge declined to do so without Ault's testimony. Ault's testimony also revealed his criminal record, and he was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in prison. The appeals court says there was evidence of self-defense without Ault's testimony."

NV: Wife basher shot: "A 41-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man who was shot in the leg by his stepson during an altercation involving the young man's mother pleaded no contest Wednesday to battery causing domestic violence. Cooper was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service, pay a $337 fine, complete 26 hours of domestic violence prevention counseling and abstain from drugs and alcohol while on probation. According to reports, Cooper was shot by his 24-year-old stepson during the battery that occurred in their Wheeler Way residence on Feb. 5. A bullet from a 9mm handgun hit an artery in Cooper's leg. The woman in the incident received minor injuries in the domestic battery. Investigators determined that the shooting was in self-defense and the stepson was not charged."

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