South Carolina’s highest court ruled Wednesday a Columbia man had acted in self-defense when he returned fire during a drive-by shooting, killing an unarmed bystander.
The case began after state agents charged Shannon Scott with murder for a 2010 shooting. Scott said his fiance’s daughter had been chased home from a nightclub by other girls. Once she got home, someone in the car pursuing them began shooting at the house. Scott told investigators he got a gun himself and fired towards the street. However, the bullets struck a separate car, killing the driver 17-year-old Darrell Niles. Police said Niles was unarmed, but had apparently followed the other cars for reasons that are not clear.
The Supreme Court ruled 4-1 Scott was justified to fire back in self-defense, since he did not know at the time which car had been shooting at the house. The ruling means he is immune from any further prosecution. [Read more…]