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Fiancee Cleared of Shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A grand jury has cleared a central
Florida man who thought there was an intruder in his house and
fatally shot his fiancee the day before their wedding.

Prosecutors left it up to the grand jury Tuesday to decide
whether to charge 63-year-old John Tabbutt with manslaughter.

Police said there was no evidence of premeditation, but
investigators spent months tracking down the victim's bank
information. Some of her family members accused Tabbutt of spending
$240,000 of her life savings.

His attorney, Warren Lindsey, disputes those claims and says
Tabbutt was grateful the "grand jury validated that this was a
tragic accident and not any type of criminal matter."

The shooting happened on Oct. 9 in the Winter Springs home
Tabbutt shared with Nancy Dinsmore.


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