Missouri man acquitted in 'stand-your-ground' shooting case

2 years 11 months 6 days ago Friday, September 01 2017 Sep 1, 2017 Friday, September 01, 2017 11:19:00 AM CDT September 01, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

NEOSHO (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has been acquitted in the shooting death of a man who he claimed was threatening him and his family.

A McDonald County jury on Thursday acquitted 41-year-old Matthew Bowman in the 2015 death of 38-year-old Jimmie Tillery of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He was charged with second-degree murder with an option of involuntary manslaughter.

The Joplin Globe reports Bowman shot Tillery five times as Tillery sat in his pickup truck at a home in rural McDonald County. Bowman said Tillery began threatening to kill him shortly after he and his sons moved into the house with Tillery's ex-wife. He said he believed Tillery was armed and acting violent that day.

Prosecutor Bill Dobbs said jurors decided the shooting was justified under the state's "stand your ground" law.

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