Wednesday, November 30, 2011

AZ: Man chases down assailants, kills one: "The incident began at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, when Jaime Somoza Jaimes, 36, was surprised by the pistol-carrying men as he returned home in the Residencial Greco neighborhood. The muggers reportedly threatened Somoza with their guns and hit him in the head, knocking him to the ground. They continued hitting him until his son arrived and fought with one of assailants. At that point, the PEI said, the men ran off with Somoza's wallet and an unspecified amount of money, firing three shots as they fled. Somoza got up, found a .25-caliber firearm and got into his SUV to chase down the perpetrators. When he caught up with them, he reportedly shot 36-year-old Eduardo Rodolfo Crispin Sesma of Nogales, Sonora once in the thorax as he was pulling out a .45-caliber pistol. His accomplice escaped." The PEI said Somoza, his son and brother were questioned but not immediately charged."

AL: Man shot during robbery attempt: "An arrest warrant has been issued for a man shot early Tuesday morning attempting to rob someone in Callaway. Elijah Reddice, 30, of Panama City, checked into a Houston County, Ala., hospital Tuesday noon with a gunshot wound. He told Houston County Sheriff’s deputies that he was shot in a fight with a man he had tried to rob. The victim, 28-year-old John Fagan, told investigators with the BCSO a man approached him around 2 a.m. and tried to hit him with a gun, which caused the gun to fire. Fagan said he fought with the man and the gun fired again and suspect fell to the ground before running away through a neighboring yard. Fagan recovered a gun, a .357-caliber revolver, which had two spent shell casings and a live round when he turned it over to investigators. Reddice will be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Additional charges are expected."

VA: Murder charge dismissed: "Second-degree murder and other charges against a Martinsville man were dismissed Monday after a judge found that the 21-year-old acted within the law when he shot another man to death in a Henry County mobile home. Rodney “Rod” Lamar Hairston of North Fork Road was charged in connection with the Oct. 18 death of Jermey Lynn Preston, also 21. Preston was shot inside a home at 345 Kent Drive, which is off Mountain Road just outside the city limits. After a preliminary hearing in Henry County General District Court, Judge Morgan Armstrong said he would not be doing his duty if he let the charges advance. “My conclusion is that no jury or judge could draw but one conclusion,” Armstrong said, adding that the conclusion is that Hairston shot Preston “in defense of another.” Arsha Crawford, testified that she and Hairston were playing cards with another friend at her home on Kent Drive the night of Oct. 18 when Preston and Curtis “Duke” Pritchett showed up uninvited. Crawford said she and Preston had a history of altercations."

NC: “Castle Doctrine” revised: "The new law defines a person’s home as any property with a roof where the person lives and also includes 'curtilage,' which is the area immediately around a home. ... It says a home or workplace can be temporary or permanent and specifically says either one can be a tent. Under the new law, the lawful occupant of a home, motor vehicle or workplace isn’t required to retreat prior to using deadly force."

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