Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ga.: DA plans to dismiss murder charge in nightclub shooting: "A Houston County grand jury has declined to indict a Gonzales, La., man on murder and related charges in connection to a fatal shooting at a Warner Robins nightclub in 2009. As a result, District Attorney George Hartwig said Wednesday he intends to dismiss all charges against Eldridge Romain LeBlanc, 24, and close the case. LeBlanc and Williams, along with two women, were attempting to leave in a car with Williams driving. Lee and Clements allegedly pulled Williams out of the car and began beating and kicking him, Gurd said. LeBlanc and the women got out of the car. At some point, another gun that Williams was carrying got loose, and all attention is focused on the gun, Gurd said. In that moment, believing he was facing a deadly threat, fearing an attack of himself or others from Lee and Clements, LeBlanc grabbed the gun and it went off, Gurd said. LeBlanc pulled the trigger, Gurd said."

CO: Liquor store owner cleared in shooting of shoplifter: "Prosecutors Wednesday dropped their case against a Colorado Springs liquor store owner who was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of shooting a shoplifter he allegedly chased into the parking lot. Chang Ho Yi, 58, faced a potential charge of attempted first-degree murder, though prosecutors never officially charged him with a crime. Bryson Dewberry, then 22, was wounded in the jaw, and a second person hit in the leg, when Yi fired once into a car after the Oct. 25 theft at Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquor, Colorado Springs police said at the time. The thief jumped into the car after stealing a bottle of Grey Goose vodka, and the driver was pulling away, police said in an arrest warrant. Crowder ordered that Yi's $250,000 bond be returned. Dewberry survived his wound."

WA: Prosecutors decline to file charges in shooting death citing self defense: "The King County Prosecutor’s Office revealed Wednesday that it won't file criminal charges against Olenthis Woods in the shooting death of Shennon Shelton and the wounding of his brother, Gaston Shelton, May 1 outside of an apartment complex in Auburn. According to the release, several witnesses saw the six men walking in a group to Woods' apartment, where Woods was standing outside with his mother, sister and several other people. At the approach of the six men, the group outside the apartment scattered except for Woods, his mother and sister. Woods ran inside the apartment and grabbed a handgun, as his mother and sister tried to prevent the six men from entering. Woods came to the door and yelled at the men to back up. Shennon and his cousin backed up a bit. Gaston also backed up a few feet, but then, in his own words "posted up" just outside Woods' front door. According to the release, Gaston told Woods, "then shoot me, shoot me, dude," and Woods shot him once in the chest. Shennon Shelton then lunged at Woods, who fired again, hitting him once in the head"

Time to close down the ATF: "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has shone a spotlight on the criminal behavior of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, commonly referred to as the ATF. At a hearing last week, Issa took on Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich by asking him: 'Who authorized this program that was so felony stupid it got people killed.' Chairman Issa started off the interrogation of Weich by holding up one of the pages that the ATF had provided his committee. It was completely blackened, one of hundreds that had been totally redacted by the agency."

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