Boise County Jury Rules Shooting Self-Defense

Boise County, Idaho

From the December 12, 2007 Idaho World:

BOISE COUNTY — David Wallace, 44, of Horseshoe Bend was acquitted Dec. 6 of manslaughter charges stemming from the August 2006 shooting death of Wesley Bennett, who also lived in Horseshoe Bend….

In what was expected to be a two-week trial, the jury took a few hours on the fourth day to return its verdict, finding Wallace not guilty of either voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. Initially, he had been charged with second-degree murder by the county prosecutor’s office.

Wallace’s attorney argued that he acted in self-defense when he and Bennett got into an argument in a remote area between Gardena and Sweet….

Wallace said that he was sitting in the cabe of his truck with the window down when the two got into a verbal argument. He said that Bennett then climbed onto the running board of his (Wallace’s) truck and punched him three times in the face. Wallace, who had a loaded Ruger .357 Magnum in the cab, said he feared for his life when he grabbed the gun and shot Bennett once in the chest.

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