CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. – A special hearing on Tuesday provided answers to a controversial shooting in Bourbon, Missouri. Authorities have held an autopsy on the shooting that killed Justin King. It’s almost like a mini-trial.
The testimony lasted all day, and when it was over, the jury overseeing the six-person investigation ruled it was a “justifiable murder” in support of the shooter’s claims of self-defense.
The suspect has not been charged in connection with the shooting.
King was shot on November 3, 2021, at a neighbor’s trailer. We do not name the shooter because he has not been charged. He admitted to shooting King to death, but he told police he was protecting himself.
Surveillance video played in court showed the suspect was at King’s home about an hour before the shooting occurred. The video was shot from inside King’s living room, and you can see and hear both men getting along. Prosecutors said the suspect brought King a can of marijuana so he could calm down after an argument with another neighbour. You can hear King say to the soon-to-be gunner, “Love you, brother!”
About an hour later, another video from outside shows King in pajamas and shirtless going to the shooter’s trailer, where he is said to have pushed through the door, throwing the neighbor’s TV Get inside the trailer and grab another one. There is no video inside, but another angle outside shows the disturbance on the porch and then King being shot and killed.
The suspect told police that he not only shot in self-defence, but also shot King in the leg first, which he claims only angered King more.
Today’s court evidence offers no answer as to what the final argument was, with sometimes bizarre testimonies about what neighbors overheard were their last. A witness testified that he heard King shouting “No more internet for you!” before he was shot. Others said they heard King shouting “I think we’re friends,” and then the shooter replied, “We are,” before firing three shots.
Both of them were drunk. A deputy coroner testified that a poison screen on King found THC, amphetamine and methamphetamine. The sheriff’s investigator said the suspect’s monitor found THC and alcohol.
Outside the courtroom, John King, Justin’s father, said inexplicably, “They’re friends, so why would you shoot a friend you’re just flirting with. Doesn’t make any sense.” He added, “It doesn’t seem like a two-way investigation.”
He said he was afraid we weren’t seeing all the evidence, such as video from a camera reported inside the shooter’s home. It was a camera on which a neighbor testified that the shooter had moved recently.
“I wanted to see the video going back a day or so to see when his video was changed,” King’s father said.
His mother Eva Bruns added, “They’re trying to hide something because they don’t want to bring justice to my son.”
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