NEOSHO, Mo. — A southwest Missouri man has been acquitted in the shooting death of a man who he claimed was threatening him and his family.

A McDonald County jury on Thursday acquitted 41-year-old Matthew Bowman in the 2015 death of 38-year-old Jimmie Tillery of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He was charged with second-degree murder with an option of involuntary manslaughter.

The Joplin Globe reports Bowman shot Tillery five times as Tillery sat in his pickup truck at a home in rural McDonald County. Bowman said Tillery began threatening to kill him shortly after he and his sons moved into the house with Tillery’s ex-wife. He said he believed Tillery was armed and acting violent that day.

Prosecutor Bill Dobbs said jurors decided the shooting was justified under the state’s “stand your ground” law.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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