- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Jurors in Pennsylvania acquitted a man of a homicide charge in the 2013 shooting death of his brother.

The Washington County panel deliberated for about four hours Friday before acquitting Robert Bauduin, 48, in the November 2013 death of his 47-year-old brother, Richard Jr., of Colliers, West Virginia, The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/28UTu6s ) reported.

Prosecution and defense attorneys said the shooting occurred after hours of drinking and arguing in the house where the brothers lived with their father. Authorities said the defendant told an emergency dispatcher “I killed my brother.”

Assistant District Attorney Leslie Ridge said the shooting was premeditated and sought a first-degree murder conviction. The judge also told jurors to consider third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Assistant Public Defender Rose Semple asked jurors to conclude that her client fired a shotgun in self-defense, believing his safety was threatened by an intruder.

Ridge said the prosecution was “very, very disappointed” with the jury’s verdict.

“We felt the evidence supported a first-degree murder charge, and we’re very disappointed,” she said.

Semple said her client was “very thankful” for the verdict.

“The jury saw the facts, the true facts, and we believe that they came to the right decision,” she said.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, https://www.observer-reporter.com

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