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2 years 29 weeks ago, 3:29 PM

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Castle Doctrine means no charges in bow-and-arrow killing

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler will not charge a man who fatally shot another man with a bow and arrow, saying today that changes in the state's Castle Doctrine factored into his decision.

Mr. Spangler said the unidentified 38-year-old Center City man who confessed to shooting Tony L. Bittinger on Oct. 10 claimed he did so in self-defense.

Mr. Bittinger was found shot through the chest with an arrow near the front steps to the man's house.

The Castle Doctrine was amended this summer to expand a homeowner's right to use deadly force against intruders, Mr. Spangler said.

The new Castle Doctrine expands a homeowner's "castle" to include porches and eliminates the owner's duty to retreat before attacking an intruder.

Mr. Spangler said the man might not have been charged under the old statute, but the new law "makes it much clearer" that the shooting was justified.

Trooper Joseph Drzal said Mr. Bittinger, who had been romantically involved with the man's wife, made several threatening phone calls to the man before driving up to his home to confront him. There, he threatened the man with a heavy wooden club.

The man told him to leave repeatedly. When Mr. Bittinger attempted to come up the stairs, the man shot him in the chest with an arrow. He died before first responders arrived.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.

First published on December 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11361/1199563-100.stm#ixzz1iL3SEJRn

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2 years 29 weeks ago, 3:38 PM

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Well, I would

still feel better if the dude was closer to or beyond the threshold, I suppose the guy is still open for a civil suit even though criminal charges were not filed.

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2 years 29 weeks ago, 3:54 PM

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all he can to make you be dead, you off the dude with 10 rds of Black Talon in your favorite calibre, no charges but the D.A. still rakes you over the coals for obviously being as lethal as possible. Attorney fees bend your budget but then............

Deceased's crack whore bitch shows up with her attorney and successfully sues you for taking away her precious loved one who she had a restraining order against for nearly killing her.

There is no correct answer anymore, sorry.

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2 years 29 weeks ago, 4:18 PM

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is every time this sort of shit happens, they immediately 'trot' out all of the grieving relatives to testify as to what a wonderful human being the fucker was....... Absolutely sickening!

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2 years 29 weeks ago, 3:38 PM

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castle doctrine

so you could say mr. bittinger got the point, or the shaft, or both...

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2 years 29 weeks ago, 3:51 PM

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Clint..

That was just wrong. Funny, but wrong. Lol!

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2 years 29 weeks ago, 4:26 PM

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perfect!

i bet the wife toes the line to,and the entire town around this man.Get the point....to funny.

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2 years 29 weeks ago, 10:11 PM

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Wonder if

the gun grabbers are going to start screaming about people packing Compound Bows now?

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!

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