- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A 71-year-old Biloxi man has been freed on bond from the Harrison County jail while he awaits a new trial in a 2009 fatal shooting.

The Mississippi Supreme Court in June ordered a new trial for Harvill Richardson Sr. The justices said the trial judge erred by refusing to let the jury hear Richardson’s self-defense arguments.

Richardson on Thursday was released on a $100,000 bond from the Harrison County jail. A new trial date has not been set.

Richardson was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 for the fatal shooting of 55-year-old Rudy Quillon on Oct. 20, 2009, at Richardson’s home.

Richardson’s attorney, Michael Crosby, had said in court documents that the trial judge didn’t allow Richardson’s arguments that evidence would show Quilon had a violent history and had made threats against Richardson and his family.

The Supreme Court also said prosecutors erred by arguing incorrectly that Quilon’s violent criminal history could not be used in Richardson’s defense.

Court records show Quilon had been homeless. Richardson and his wife met him at church and allowed him to move into their home temporarily, but Quilon became “increasingly unwelcome,” according to testimony.

Prosecutors argued Richardson instigated the shooting while the men were drinking.

Court records show Richardson said he asked Quilon to leave but Quilon refused. He said Quilon went into a shed, came out with one hand behind his back and kept coming toward him. Richardson said he fired a warning shot then a second shot, which struck Quilon in the stomach.


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