Not guilty plea in Spokane stolen car shootingJune 13, 2013 @ 5:20 am
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Spokane homeowner who fatally shot a car theft suspect driving away in his SUV pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a manslaughter charge.
Gail Gerlach was scheduled for booking Thursday at the Spokane County Jail, but will remain free pending the trial scheduled for Sept. 3. If convicted, the 56-year-old faces eight to 10 years in prison.
Gerlach says he fired one shot on March 25 because he thought the driver waved a gun. The bullet killed 25-year-old Brendon Kaluza-Graham. He didn't have a gun, and Spokane prosecutors say it was impossible for Gerlach to see the motion he described.
The Spokesman-Review reports ( http://bit.ly/19upcVx) Washington law allows crime victims to defend themselves with deadly force only if facing an imminent threat, and prosecutors say Gerlach didn't face such a threat.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com
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