Thursday, April 12, 2012

NC:  Home-invasion shooting 'clearly self-defense':  "Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Wednesday that a shooting involving a man who killed a would-be burglar who was kicking down his girlfriend’s apartment door was “clearly a case of self-defense.”   In the east Charlotte case, the shooter was alone in his girlfriend’s home on Rolling Hill Road at the time of the shooting.  Homicide detectives say the shooter had seen a car in the driveway and spotted a person walking to the back of the house. A short time later, he heard someone trying to kick in the rear door.  The man yelled that he was at home, but the intruder continued to kick at the door. At that point, the man inside fired one shot through the back door, police say, striking Anthony Michael Aykroid, 23. Aykroid was pronounced dead at the scene.   Police said Aykroid’s girlfriend, Krystina Michelle Misskelley, 25, told investigators she drove Aykroid to the home, where the couple intended to steal property."

AK: Shooter  found not guilty:  "A Juneau man accused of shooting his brother-in-law’s friend in the face in December was found not guilty Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.  After 1 1/2 weeks of testimony and arguments, the jury only deliberated for about an hour and a half before clearing Kenneth E. Nalan of the charge.  The 36-year-old construction worker and carpenter was charged with one count of first-degree assault in connection with the Dec. 20 shooting. The victim, John D. Duran, 33, survived, but required facial reconstructive surgery.  Prosecutors argued Nalan recklessly shot Duran, while Nalan’s attorney Eric Hedland claimed it was in self-defense.  Testimony as to what happened that night differed. Nalan took the stand earlier this week to tell his side of the story. He said Duran grabbed Nalan’s .357-caliber revolver from his bedroom closet and came at him. Nalan said there was a brief struggle for the gun when Duran fell forward, the gun came loose and Nalan pulled the trigger. The defense had portrayed Duran as a violent person and an aggressor."

OH: Akron man acquitted of all charges in fatal June shooting:  "Franklin D. Conley, 24, of Treeside Drive in Akron, was acquitted of all charges after a five-day jury trial in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker’s court.  The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. June 6 at Cole Avenue and Marcy Street in southeast Akron, following an argument about a broken window on Conley’s sport utility vehicle.  After initially leaving the scene, Conley returned with co-defendant Anthony J. Board Jr., 28, to confront the man who broke his window.  Clark came out of a nearby residence, armed with an assault rifle, and began firing the weapon as Conley and Board ran from the scene.  Quinn said his client was not armed that night.  “He was guilty only of running away from a bullet,” Quinn said.  Last month, a jury acquitted Board of murder. His attorney said Board admitted to firing a weapon during the incident, but the jury found he acted in self-defense.  “It is still our belief that Conley is responsible for David Clark’s murder,” Walsh said. “Without his involvement, it is highly unlikely that David Clark would have been killed.”

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