Friday, June 15, 2012

SC: Two shot in attempted robbery:  "Two people were shot Thursday afternoon during what appears to be an attempted robbery inside a residence at Mt. Zion Apartments on Church Street.   “The man was expecting one visitor, who brought two other guys along with him,” Maj. Carlos Raines, Florence Police Department, said. “Soon after they got there, they pulled out guns and went to rob him. There was a struggle, and in the process, one of the suspects was shot.”  At some point during the struggle, the suspects regained possession of the gun and shot the intended robbery victim. The three men then ran from the apartment, Raines said.   Police said the suspect who was wounded was at an area hospital being treated. Both men who were injured are expected to recover."

MI: Afraid for his life,  man pulled gun, killed acquaintance:  "Adham Farha went outside to smoke a cigarette.  Minutes later, as children waited at the school bus stop across the street, the quiet neighborhood was shattered by gunshots. Farha had jumped out of his Nissan Armada, parked in the driveway of his home and — as the children watched — fired numerous shots inside, killing Michael Rajchel, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.  Farha told police it was self-defense. The two men had gotten inside Farha's SUV to talk. When Rajchel reached for the gun tucked inside his waist band, Farha did not hesitate to fire.  “While Mike was leaning backward (in the passenger seat) he stated that, ‘This is your last day to live,’” McCormick wrote in the police report. “Farha stated he did not know how many times he shot Mike but that he feared for his life.”  Multiple witnesses alleged Rajchel was involved in fraudulent activities involving selling and reselling cars, the report revealed.  Rajchel died in the passenger seat of the car. He was 28.  Washtenaw County Chief Deputy Assistant Prosecutor Steve Hiller said at the time that there was not enough evidence to show Farha didn’t act in self-defense."

OH: Grand jury refuses to indict man in recent killing:  "A man who proclaimed his innocence in the shooting of another man during a drug deal was released from jail a free man Thursday.  The Allen County grand jury declined to indict 18-year-old Deshawn Porter. He was charged with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Isiah Smith, of Columbus, on May 20. “Based on the evidence we were able to present through witnesses to the grand jury no indictment could be returned at this time,” Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said.  The investigation remains ongoing and it's possible Porter could be recharged should more evidence surface. Investigators believe he is responsible for Smith's death, Waldick said.  At an earlier hearing, it was revealed Smith died during a drug deal in which he pulled a gun on Porter and 35-year-old Santario Simpson. Simpson grabbed the gun and Smith to try to get the gun away from him, a detective said."

Slow, predictable hearing on “Fast and Furious”:  "The show trial of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on a citation of 'contempt of Congress' for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena is scheduled to climax on June 20. That's when the investigating Oversight Committee has called for a vote on whether to move forward with a criminal contempt citation. Holder may be guilty but, the hearing is a show trial because no one realistically expects a criminal prosecution or conviction."

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