SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A judge has ruled that an 82-year-old man who police say shot and killed a man trying to repossess his truck was not entitled to use deadly force to protect himself or his property.
The Item of Sumter reports (http://bit.ly/1blpGzn ) that Circuit Judge George C. James made that ruling Wednesday in the case against Alton Shelley.
Shelley was charged with murder and assault last year in the death of Todd Showell. Deputies say Showell and another man arrived at Shelley's Sumter home looking for a burgundy GMC pickup truck.
Deputies say Shelley came out of his house and shot Showell as the men were driving away in a tow truck.
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