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Grand Jury concludes that Michael Compton
was justified in using deadly force


Case involves shooting death of Bobby Bunch:
Fatal shooting occurs Christmas night in Cane Valley, KY


The Adair County Circuit Court Grand Jury voted unanimously against bringing an indictment against Michael Compton in the shooting death, on December 25, 2009, of Bobby Bunch.

In its report to Judge Weddle, March 9, 2010, the jurors stated in part, "We conclude that Michael Compton was entitled to use deadly physical force upon Bobby Bunch pursuant to the right to use deadly physical force in self-protection and pursuant to the right to use deadly physical force in the protection of property."

The complete statement on the matter follows:

We, the Grand Jury, have considered the testimony of Kentucky State Police Detective Michael Dubree regarding the shooting death of Bobby Bunch that occurred on December 25, 2009, in Adair County, Kentucky. Having considered the testimony of Det. Dubree and having reviewed the recordings of the telephone calls to the local 911 Dispatch Center concerning this incident, we unanimously conclude that Michael Compton was justified in his actions. We conclude that Michael Compton was entitled to use deadly physical force upon Bobby Bunch pursuant to the right to use deadly physical force in self-protection and pursuant to the right to use deadly fore in the protection of property. Specifically, we unanimously believe that Micahel compton believed that Bobby Bunch was about to cause death or serious physical injury to either Michael Compton and/or Nikki Abrell AND we unanimously believe that Michael Compton believed that Bobby Bunch was committing or attempting to commit a burglary of the dwelling of Michael Compton at the time that Michael Compton used deadly physical force upon Bobby Bunch. We conclude that Michael Compton was reasonable and justified in his actions on December 25, 2009.
The reported was dated March 9, 2010, and was signed by Brandon Willis, foreperson of the grand jury.Indictments were returned against 31 individuals. Twenty-two are sealed, but those against Shannon D. OVerstreet, Harold Michael Shemwell, Jr., Rodney Dale Melson, Casey Jerome Colliins, Jana Jodene Tuel, Ginger Eaton, and Stephanie Ann Pike were made public. They may be seen in the office of Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy.

Members of the grand jury are Pamela Burris, Crystal Caldwell, William Caldwell, Breanna Cowan, Trina Farmer, Willie George, Randall Grant, James Kelsay, Susan Miller, Bruce Troub, Shauntilla Wheeler, and Brandon Willis.

The grand jury will meet on March 19 and will return its report on March 23, 2010. That report will be made public March 24, 2010.


This story was posted on 2010-03-10 19:43:23
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