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Man who claimed self-defense charged with murder

A 29-year-old Minnesota man who admitted to police that he shot and killed an acquaintance has been charged with murder in the second degree without intent according to court documents released on Nov. 16. The man is also facing a felony firearms charge. The charges stem from an incident that took place on the afternoon of Nov. 13 in Audubon.

Police in Becker County say that they received a call at about 4:41 p.m. from a man who claimed to have shot a 29-year-old house guest who he had spent the afternoon drinking with in self-defense. The man is said to have told the officers who arrived at the scene that the pair had become embroiled in an argument after returning to the residence.

Reports indicate that the man provided authorities with different accounts of the events. He is said to have initially told officers that the victim was rushing toward him with his arms outstretched when the fatal shot rang out, but he allegedly said the man was reaching for a knife in a subsequent interview. Phone records reveal that the man called a female friend just minutes before the shooting. The woman allegedly told police that the man threatened to shoot his guest because of his aggressive behavior.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys would likely recommend that their clients contact law enforcement if a domestic dispute turns violent and shots are fired, but they may urge them to say nothing further until they have spoken with a lawyer. Veteran Violent crim detectives are experts at confusing suspects during interviews in order to pry facts loose or find inconsistencies in their stories, which can result in dire consequences for individuals facing charges that could lead to decades of incarceration.

Source: Duluth News Tribune, "Man charged with murder in Audubon, Minn., shooting; victim identified", Raju Chaduvula, Nov. 16, 2018

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