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Charges dropped against Bollinger Co. man in death of brother


Charges have been dropped against a man accused of murder in the death of his brother.

On Sept. 14, 2015 a Bollinger County Coroner's jury ruled Lonnie Lee Liley was acting in self-defense in his brother's Jan. 2014 shooting death.

On Sept. 25, 2015 Bollinger County Prosecutor Heath Robins dropped the charges against Liley.

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

Jurors ruled that case as justified homicide by the castled doctrine on Sept. 14.

Hutchings says that law means if someone is threatening you inside your home, you don't have to run and you can defend yourself.

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.

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

"After giving this case a full and fair assessment, and after considering the evidence presented at the coroner's inquest and the jury's finding, our system of justice requires us now to dismiss this case," Robins said in a news release about the dismissal of charges.

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