|Published: 9:30 AM, 03/18/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-With eyewitness testimony
that slightly contradicted itself, including from the accused
himself, a jury decided a killing had taken place, but it didn't
reach the level of first-degree murder.
Several people took the witness stand
last week and told their version of what happened when Ralph Hunt
shot and killed Gerald Strickland, but the versions differed just
enough the jury rejected the state's claim of first-degree murder
and instead convicted Hunt of two counts of voluntary manslaughter
and theft over $500.
Defense attorney Leon Shahan said from
the opening of the trial that Hunt had been defending himself on May
31, 2011, when Strickland attempted to attack him with an ax handle
and witness testimony supported that theory, with several witnesses
saying Strickland came rushing out of a garage with a war cry and the
ax handle raised over his right shoulder.
See full story in the Sunday, March 17, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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