Video helps man get not guilty verdict in fatal shooting

September 5, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A jury has found a man not guilty of murder in a shooting death after an argument in a South Carolina Waffle House.

Eric Nixon’s lawyer said he feared for his life in February 2017 when he shot 28-year-old Wayne Bell in the parking lot of the Columbia restaurant.

Witnesses testified that Nixon went after Bell, but defense lawyer Micah Leddy told The State newspaper a video from a bystander showed Bell following Nixon into the parking lot after the argument.

Prosecutors told jurors Nixon acted like a guilty man when he didn’t call 911, changed his clothes and hid the gun after the shooting.

But Leddy says all that mattered for self-defense was how Nixon felt when Bell aggressively came toward him with his hands in his back pockets.


Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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