End of murder case sought after juries deadlock - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

End of murder case sought after juries deadlock

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Marijuana operation busted in Marengo Co.

    Marijuana operation busted in Marengo Co.

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:12:49 GMT
    (Source: Alabama ABC Board)(Source: Alabama ABC Board)
    Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board found and destroyed several marijuana plants on Wednesday. Agents discovered the plants while exploring a wooded area in the southeastern corner ofMore >>
    Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board found and destroyed several marijuana plants on Wednesday. Agents discovered the plants while exploring a wooded area in the southeastern corner of Marengo County. A subsequent search of a nearby residence turned up additional cannabis.More >>
  • GM issues 6 more safety recalls

    GM issues 6 more safety recalls

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:54:11 GMT
    General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.More >>
    General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.More >>
  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:43:23 GMT
    Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in...More >>
    Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.More >>
LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ (AP) -

Mohave County prosecutors are asking a judge to dismiss a murder charge against a former firearms magazine editor who had two trials end in deadlocked juries.

A prosecution motion filed Tuesday says the evidence against 54-year-old Richard Erick Venola wasn't sufficient to overcome legal presumptions that favor self-defense claims.

Venola was charged with second-degree murder for shooting an unarmed neighbor, 39-year-old James Patrick O'Neill, in the chest with a rifle on May 2, 2011.

According to the Today's News Herald, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Rod Albright argued during both trials that Venola and O'Neill were extremely drunk when they argued before the shooting in the duplex where Venola lived.

Venola's lawyer said the former editor for Guns & Ammo magazine feared O'Neill was going to get a gun.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rightsreserved.

Powered by WorldNow