Saturday, October 01, 2011

WV: Man acquitted in Murder Case: "A Clay County jury has acquitted a man charged with murder. Bobby Hanshaw shot and killed Guy Dwier in May over a stolen ATV, but Hanshaw testified Thursday the shooting was in self-defense. He told the jury he thought Dwier was coming at him with a gun. It was a crowbar. Hanshaw said he wasn't looking for trouble he was only going to the mobile home to do drugs. Assistant Clay County Prosecutor Danny Dotson says the jury obviously believed Hanshaw. "The jury evidently believed that he was in fear at the time that he committed the shooting of Guy Dwier," Dotson said."

Mississippi: Woman shoots man 7 times in self-defense: "After three-and-a-half hours of deliberation, an Oktibbeha County jury found Sharp, 22, acted in self-defense when she shot and killed Christopher Cole on Nov. 10, 2008 on Kelly Road. Sharp shot and killed Cole, who was 20 at the time, following a confrontation between him, his girlfriend and another girl he was pursuing a relationship with. Sharp was in a vehicle with the two girls who were involved with Cole. Sharp said she shot Cole seven times after he pulled out a revolver and fired a shot. Cole died at the scene. The crux of the trial was whether Cole threatened Sharp or any of the other three girls in the car and prompted Sharp to get out and fire. The three eyewitnesses testified that they never felt threatened by Cole, despite saying he fired his weapon and was yelling and cursing at them for confronting him. The defense's case was strengthened by the testimony of forensic pathologist Dr. Steven Hayne, who concluded, based on the original autopsy report and Sharp's testimony, that the first bullets fired hit Cole in the front of his body, while the two entrance wounds to his back were among the last to occur."

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