Man Initially Arrested For Murder Released After Self Defense Ruling

By Eames Yates
August 1, 2013

Lowndes County, GA -

On January fourth of this year David Harrelson shot and killed his neighbor Joshua Commander. The shooting happened on Harrelson's property after an argument. This week the warrant against him was dismissed. That's because of a Lowndes County Grand Jury, which said Harrelson acted in self defense.

Brad Shealy is the Assistant District Attorney. He said "we new initially when we presented the case to the grand jury that the issue of self defense was going to be very prominent. Mr. Harrelson, the defendant, was standing on his front porch when he was confronted by Mr. Commander. And under the laws of the state of Georgia you do not have the duty to retreat if you are not the aggressor."

Harrelson's attorney Michael Bass noted that his client had marks on his face that were allegedly caused by the victim.

Bass said "I believe he was defending himself and I'm also happy for him of course. My only regret is that he had to spend seven months in jail."

Harrelson had been held at the Lowndes County Jail since the day the shooting took place. His attorney says he is now home with his family.

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