Category Archives: Self Defense

Witnesses: Tension, taunts, and gay slurs, and then a rampage that left 3 dead

Those who knew him said James Elijah Dickson was pretty sensitive about who handled his camouflage-colored 12-gauge shotgun.

It turns out he was more sensitive about being taunted as gay.

It was that taunting, testified Levi Almonte, that touched off the April 17, 2016, massacre in a Kensington rowhouse that left three dead and Dickson, 45, charged with their murders.

“Aw, cuz, it’s like that?” asked Kenneth Stowe, according to Almonte, testifying Monday in the first day of Dickson’s nonjury trial before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson.

Dickson, who has a long criminal record and a history of mental illness, agreed to waive a jury trial if Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano did not seek the death penalty.

Dickson’s lawyers, Mythri Jayaraman and Wendy Ramos, said Dickson will testify in his defense and claim he shot in self-defense.

Almonte, 26, who escaped the bloodshed, described Stowe as

Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/Witnesses-building-tension-taunts-and-gay-slurs-and-then-a-rampage-that-left-3-dead.html

Witnesses: building tension, taunts and gay slurs and then a rampage that left 3 dead

Those who knew him said James Elijah Dickson was pretty sensitive about who handled his camouflage-colored 12-gauge shotgun.

It turns out he was more sensitive about being taunted as gay.

It was that taunting, testified Levi Almonte, that touched off the April 17, 2016, massacre in a Kensington rowhouse that left three dead and Dickson, 45, charged with their murders.

“Aw, cuz, it’s like that?” asked Kenneth Stowe, according to Almonte, testifying Monday in the first day of Dickson’s nonjury trial before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson.

Dickson, who has a long criminal record and a history of mental illness, agreed to waive a jury trial if Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano did not seek the death penalty.

Dickson’s lawyers, Mythri Jayaraman and Wendy Ramos, said Dickson will testify in his defense and claim he shot in self-defense.

Almonte, 26, who escaped the bloodshed, described Stowe as

Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/Witnesses-building-tension-taunts-and-gay-slurs-and-then-a-rampage-that-left-3-dead.html

Man shot in self-defense by Athens cop receives probation in plea deal

An Athens man who was shot by an Athens-Clarke County police officer in self-defense last year was recently sentenced to probation.

Justin Tremell Scott, 23, was also sentenced to a year in jail, but given credit for time he already served since his arrest last August. He was released from custody May 11

On April 23, 2016, Officer David Kelley shot Scott in the face when it appeared Scott was going for a gun. The early morning encounter occurred in the parking lot of Golden Pantry on Barnett Shoals Road, after the officer observed who he believed to be Scott and another man inside a car pouring liquor into a cup.

The shooting was recorded by the officer’s body camera, and the video earned the officer immediate support from superiors who said it clearly showed Kelly shot in self-defense.

The video released by police shows a pistol in Scott’s pocket. The officer is seen

Read more at: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-05-16/man-shot-self-defense-athens-cop-receives-probation-plea-deal

Jury set to deliberate Tuesday following closing arguments in 4th Quarter Sports Bar murder trial

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A jury now holds the fate of three defendants accused of murdering a Columbus man. The judge is set to charge the jury Tuesday in the 4th Quarter Sports Bar murder trial. The state and defense gave closing arguments, hoping to convince the jury to decide guilty or not guilty.

Prosecutor Ray Daniels argues the state's case against three defendants charged in the 2015 4th Quarter Sports Bar murder.
Prosecutor Ray Daniels argues the state’s case against three defendants charged in the 2015 4th Quarter Sports Bar murder.

Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker opened up the closing arguments Monday with the theme “gone in 45 seconds.” He made a variation on the popular movie title to convince the jury 48-year-old Demark Ponder, 53-year-old Daginald Wheeler, and 36-year-old James Daniel, Jr. played a part in shooting 33-year-old Dominic Mitchell.

Whitaker

Read more at: http://wrbl.com/2017/05/15/jury-set-to-deliberate-tuesday-following-closing-arguments-in-4th-quarter-sports-bar-murder-trial/

Jury set to deliberate Tuesday following closing arguments in 4th …

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A jury now holds the fate of three defendants accused of murdering a Columbus man. The judge is set to charge the jury Tuesday in the 4th Quarter Sports Bar murder trial. The state and defense gave closing arguments, hoping to convince the jury to decide guilty or not guilty.

Prosecutor Ray Daniels argues the state's case against three defendants charged in the 2015 4th Quarter Sports Bar murder.
Prosecutor Ray Daniels argues the state’s case against three defendants charged in the 2015 4th Quarter Sports Bar murder.

Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker opened up the closing arguments Monday with the theme “gone in 45 seconds.” He made a variation on the popular movie title to convince the jury 48-year-old Demark Ponder, 53-year-old Daginald Wheeler, and 36-year-old James Daniel, Jr. played a part in shooting 33-year-old Dominic Mitchell.

Whitaker

Read more at: http://wrbl.com/2017/05/15/jury-set-to-deliberate-tuesday-following-closing-arguments-in-4th-quarter-sports-bar-murder-trial/

100 years ago in Spokane: Former deputy arrested on murder charge moments after jury acquits him in another murder … – The Spokesman

Charles A. Palmer was declared not guilty of murder. However, right after he thanked the jury foreman for a “true verdict,” Palmer was re-arrested for another murder.

This trial had been only for the murder of George Verbeck, but Palmer had also shot Nels Verbeck, George’s father, and Nels had died of his wounds weeks later. This re-arrest was for the murder of Nels, so it appeared that Palmer would be standing trial again.

The jury apparently accepted Palmer’s contention that he shot in self-defense after he was confronted by several drunken antagonists outside a Milan poolroom, near Deer Park. On the first ballot, seven jurors voted for acquittal. On a second ballot, only two jurors held out for conviction, and they favored a second-degree verdict. They apparently changed their minds on subsequent ballots.

The prosecutor expressed disappointment in the jury’s verdict and said there was a tendency among the jurors to “shirk

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/may/13/100-years-ago-in-spokane-former-deputy-arrested-on/

Peoria man takes plea deal; sentenced to 20 years for botched fatal robbery

PEORIA — A Peoria man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his part in a 2012 murder that resulted from a botched robbery.

Robert C. Nunn, Jr. now 23, pleaded guilty in Peoria County Circuit Court to second-degree murder as part of a deal that saw a first-degree murder charge dropped, said his attorney William Loeffel.

The plea came after an appellate court panel last summer threw out Nunn’s conviction for the murder of Kelin “Noopy” Drummond in May 2012. Nunn had originally received a life sentence. But the appellate judges found a judge here improperly barred a Facebook conversation at the December 2012 trial. The case was sent back to Peoria County last summer.

No one disputed Nunn killed Drummond. At issue was whether Nunn shot in self-defense or as the result of a

Read more at: http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170512/peoria-man-takes-plea-deal-sentenced-to-20-years-for-botched-fatal-robbery

Plea deal nets 20 years for Peoria man in deadly botched robbery

PEORIA — A Peoria man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his part in a 2012 murder that resulted from a botched robbery.

Robert C. Nunn, Jr. now 23, pleaded guilty in Peoria County Circuit Court to second-degree murder as part of a deal that saw a first-degree murder charge dropped, said his attorney William Loeffel.

The plea came after an appellate court panel last summer threw out Nunn’s conviction for the murder of Kelin “Noopy” Drummond in May 2012. Nunn had originally received a life sentence. But the appellate judges found a judge here improperly barred a Facebook conversation at the December 2012 trial. The case was sent back to Peoria County last summer.

No one disputed Nunn killed Drummond. At issue was whether Nunn shot in self-defense or as the result of a

Read more at: http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170512/plea-deal-nets-20-years-for-peoria-man-in-deadly-botched-robbery