Friday, October 14, 2011

IN: Murder charges dropped under plea agreement: "A Jeffersonville man who fatally shot his alleged attacker will plead guilty to obstruction of justice, but murder charges will be dropped, according to his attorney. Bradley A. Shackleford, 35, is charged with murder for shooting 45-year-old Mark Merreighn in his apartment in the 1800 block of Village Green Boulevard on March 19. Shackleford has claimed from the beginning of the case that he acted in self-defense. Shackleford’s attorney, Bradley Jacobs, said on Thursday that his client had agreed to accept the prosecutor’s offer of class D felony obstruction of justice for hiding his gun. He will be sentenced to three years of probation, and with credit for time served, will be on probation less than two years. Jacobs filed a motion in April to dismiss the murder charge claiming Merreighn “viciously attacked” Shackleford, sitting on his chest and hitting him with his own cane. He believed Merreighn went to the apartment to rob Shackleford, who is disabled with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, of his pain medication."

OR: Burglary suspect picks the wrong home for break-in attempt: "Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a suspect after a Warren, Oregon homeowner opened fire when he was awakened by an intruder trying to get into his house. ... The intruder fled the scene and no suspect information has been released."

Issa subpoenas Holder in Fast and Furious affair: "Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a subpoena Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder as part of his investigation into the gun trafficking operation known as 'Fast and Furious.' ... The new subpoena follows a week of back and forth between congressional investigators and Justice Department officials of 'who knew what, when.'"

Fun and gun: "Marksmanship is an age-old sport that teaches a number of virtues while providing an invaluable practical skill. Yet we are constantly inundated by negative news, events and people involving guns these days, so I thought it would be nice to hear about some people using the free market to offer other people who like to shoot or want to learn to shoot a safe, fun place to go. This wonderful place is called the Rocky Creek Ranch."

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