PA: Man granted new trial in shotgun death of neighbor

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June 2, 2011
Daily Journal    
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"A central Pennsylvania man is getting a new trial after being convicted last year in the shooting death of his neighbor. Franklin County Judge Richard Walsh says 39-year-old Chad Kirby's attorney was ineffective at the trial that ended with a voluntary manslaughter conviction in October. Kirby claimed he killed 35-year-old Andrew Buttermore in self-defense after the neighbor broke into Kirby's home in August 2009. ... Walsh on Wednesday said Kirby's attorney should have asked the jury to consider that Kirby was protecting his property as well as himself and his two children." [editor's note: Odd decision. Protecting property is self defense, protecting yourself and children is not? Hmm - MLS] (07/01/11)

 

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