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Coroner's jury: Man uses self-defense in deadly domestic dispute

The scene of a deadly domestic incident in Bollinger County. The scene of a deadly domestic incident in Bollinger County.
Lonnie L. Liley (Source: Bollinger County Sheriff's Office) Lonnie L. Liley (Source: Bollinger County Sheriff's Office)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Bollinger County Coroner's jury ruled a man was acting in self-defense in his brother's shooting death.

Coroner Charlie Hutchings reports the decision stems from a deadly domestic dispute on County Road 512 in January 2014.

At that time, deputies with the Bollinger County Sheriff's Office found Jesse Liley at the home with a gunshot wound. He later died from his injuries.

Lonnie Liley, 50 of Marble Hill, was taken into custody and charged with murder in the first degree and armed criminal action for his alleged involvement in that incident.

However, Hutchings reports jurors decided on Monday this case is considered justified homicide by the castled doctrine. Hutchings says that law means if someone is threatening you inside your home, you don't have to run and you can defend yourself.

The jurors decided Lonnie Liley was defending himself in this case.

Hutchings says in these types of cases anyone from the public is allowed to testify in front of the jury. Jacqueline Liley, who is Lonnie Liley's mother and Jessie Liley's stepmother, did testify. 

Hutchings reports Jacqueline described the scene and stated Lonnie "had to what he had to do."

Lonnie Liley will remain behind bars until the prosecuting attorney decides the next step.

Lonnie's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 28, 2015. His trial is set for Nov. 16, 2015.

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