Robbery, shooting case is legally complex

Legal experts say the decision of whether to charge a 76-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old robbery suspect will hinge on many factors, primarily whether the man thought his life was in danger.

The issue is complicated by the fact that the shooting happened away from the house, after the robbers had left.

In 29 years as a criminal defense lawyer in Charlotte, George Laughrun said he’s never seen a case with so many “twists and turns.”


Heard from someone in the area that he actually went to retrieve his things first before the situation got nasty.

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