Friday, February 03, 2012

OH: 8th Circuit overturns conviction of a man who shot an intruder: "When the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals threw out the conviction of Carl Kozlosky and ordered a new trial, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason appealed the decision. The Ohio Supreme Court's decision Wednesday returns the case to Common Pleas Court. Kozlosky was sentenced last year to 18 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Andre Coleman on Sept. 20, 2009. Coleman broke into Kozlosky's house and began beating up Valerie McNaughton, who was Coleman's girlfriend. Kozlosky testified at trial that he thought Coleman was reaching for a gun -- which investigators never found -- when he emptied his .38-caliber revolver into Coleman. Coleman, who had previously been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1997, had been on an all-night crack binge, according to court testimony, when he broke down the back door of Kozlosky's Cherokee Avenue home to get money or drugs from McNaughton."

CA: Taco truck owner, robbery suspect wounded in shootout: "Despite bleeding from three gunshot wounds, a co-owner of an East Oakland taco truck was able to return fire and twice hit the robbery suspect accused of shooting him early Thursday, police said. The suspect, Sean Ward Morris, 19, of Oakland, his brother Antoine Ward Morris, 18, and a 17-year-old Antioch boy whose name was not released were detained a short time later when they drove to a hospital and were subsequently arrested. The 32-year-old taco truck co-owner was in stable condition at a hospital. All are expected to recover from their wounds. Officer Phong Tran said the co-owner was in the parking lot area cleaning up when he was approached by Sean Ward Morris, who was armed with a pistol, and the 17-year-old. Ward Morris told the co-owner "to be cool and give me what you got," police said. The owner, who had been carrying a gun because of previous robberies, started running away and was shot twice in the back and once in the leg, Tran said. The owner took cover behind a car, pulled his own pistol and returned fire, hitting the older Ward Morris in the upper body and leg, police said."

CA: Teen thieves chased off by employee with gun: "The incident happened just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night at GMC General Auto Repair in Lost Hills. An employee, identified as Mario Soto, said he was working inside the business when he noticed three male juveniles outside in the parking lot. He said two of them tried to steal a car dolly so he grabbed a gun and went to confront the kids. When he tried to detain them he said he was stabbed in the neck. Soto said he then fired three shots but did not hit the teens. The suspects got away leaving the car dolly behind. Soto is recovering at Kern Medical Center"

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