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Coroner's Inquest jury decides death a justified homicide

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The jury in the Walla Walla Coroner's Inquest has decided 4-2 that the shooting death of 22-year-old Cesar Chavira was a "justified homicide."

Police say Chavira was robbing the New York Western Outfitters store in Walla Walla on May 4th, when the store owner, 63-year-old John Saul, shot him. The six member jury panel had to decide if Chavira posed a threat to Saul, prompting him to shoot.

Keep in mind, the jury's decision in the Coroner's Inquest is not legally binding, but the Walla Walla County Prosecutor will now take that information and decide if the store owner will face charges.

 

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