SANDPOINT, Idaho — A north Idaho prosecutor has cleared a Sandpoint man of any wrongdoing tied to a fatal assault in February.
Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall issued a memo last week that criminal charges will not be sought against Anthony Noell Viola for his role in the Feb. 6 death of his 36-year-old father-in-law Alberto Tuinzing.
Tuinzing was fatally injured by 35-year-old Viola during an altercation at Viola's home after the two men met for the first time.
Marshall says evidence shows Viola didn't approve of the marriage. At some point, Marshall said Tuinzing struck Viola in the head with the butt of a gun, prompting a fight that ended when Tuinzing suffered head injuries. He later died in the hospital.
Marshall concluded Viola was defending himself and his actions were justified.
Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com