Coroner's jury finds SE Missouri killing was self-defense
MARBLE HILL, Mo. (AP) - A coroner's jury has found that a southeast Missouri man was acting in self-defense in his brother's shooting death.
The Southeast Missourian reports the jurors reached the decision earlier this week in the case of Lonnie Lee Liley. He's charged with first-degree murder in the January 2014 killing of 50-year-old Jessie Liley.
The Bollinger County coroner assembled the jury to help determine whether the killing was justifiable under the state's self-defense law.
Testifying was Jacqueline Liley, who is Lonnie Liley's mother and Jessie Liley's stepmother. She said that minutes before the shooting, she had evicted Jessie Liley and his girlfriend because she didn't want to "put up with drugs anymore."
Liley remains jailed while the prosecution decides whether to proceed with the case. Liley's trial is set for November.