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According to the Herald and News (Oregon), on August 5 at about 11:30 a.m., 36-year-old Eddie Valdez, Jr. arrived at his great-uncle's house in Klamath Falls, behaving erratically--behavior consistent with that of a whacked-out drug user. Valdez stabbed his 80-year-old great-uncle William Hargrove and Hargrove's friend William Soraham.

Valdez then walked next door and stabbed his 51-year-old uncle Ricky Hargrove. When Valdez left Ricky's house and began walking back toward William's house, Ricky pursued him with a shotgun. Ricky shot and killed Valdez in William's driveway with two blasts of the shotgun.

The district attorney sent the case to a grand jury to determine whether Ricky should go to trial or whether the shooting was justified. The jury decided that it was a case of self-defense because Ricky reasonably feared for his own life and that of his 14-year-old daughter.
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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT; Ricky Hargrove saves his daughter and himself from drug abused niece
Author:Williamsen, Kurt
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 18, 2006
Words:142
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