Skip to comments.Deliberations to resume in inquest [storeowner who shot gangbanger thief]
Posted on 08/10/2012 11:58:01 AM PDT by kevcol
Walla Walla After an hour of deliberation, the jury for the Coroners Inquest into the shooting death of Cesar Chavira by John Saul appeared to have reached a verdict late Thursday afternoon. Instead the jury foreman announced a 3-3 split.
The jury had been tasked with determining if John Saul had committed a justifiable or unjustifiable homicide May 4 when he fired five rounds from a 12 gauge shotgun, killing Chavira outside his business, the New York Store on Isaacs Avenue.
Walla Walla County Sheriffs Office Sgt. Gary Bolster, the lead investigator in the case, gave expert testimony on shotgun ballistics and the distances the weapon had been fired, striking Chavira.
I see the first pellets probably striking at a distance of probably 120 feet, Bolster said, adding later pellets likely were fired from roughly 155 feet, over 50 yards.
Forensic Pathologist Dr. Daniel Selove, who testified late Thurday morning, explained as many as 49, .24 caliber shotgun pellets had struck Chavira primarily from the rear, injuring both lungs and his aorta, causing rapid internal bleeding.
Testimony from Walla Walla Police Officers Wednesday indicated Saul, who had been sleeping in the rear of the New York Store, woke up when Chavira broke into the western wear store and stole several belts and silver belt buckles from a display case at the front of the store.
Saul, who did not testify during the inquest, told police shortly after the shooting that Chavira threatened him, and Saul defended himself. Bolster testified that Saul fired the five shotgun rounds from the front door of the store.
According to Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel, who is presiding over the inquest, the jury must reach a majority decision, and scheduled the six jurors to resume deliberations this morning at 9 a.m.
Mike Hubbard, Sauls attorney, said he was surprised at the lack of a decision.
We expected a unanimous decision this afternoon based on the instruction, Hubbard said, referring to Blasdels instructions to the jury following testimony. But well let the jury do its work.
Sandy Garcia, a longtime friend of the Chavira family said she was also disappointed the jury hadnt reached a conclusion.
I think they (witnesses and investigators) cleared everything up, Garcia said. With all the evidence out there, they (the jury) know whats right.
Anybody know what number shell that would be?
#4 buckshot. 21 pellets per oz. which would be a typical load for a shell.
This was not a “clean shoot”, I gather.
First of all, they were distance shots. But pretty amazing distance shots.
“I see the first pellets probably striking at a distance of probably 120 feet, Bolster said, adding later pellets likely were fired from roughly 155 feet, over 50 yards.
This does not compute if you figure a 12-gauge, with other testimony indicating “...Cesar was hit at least two times with the shots entering his back and *exiting* through the front after they did major damage to his organs and his body was covered in pellets from his head to his calves.”
(Think about the angle of spread with a 12 gauge.)
“Cesar did not die in or even near the the store. His dead body was found right in front of the Colonial Inn, across the four lane highway and many many dozens of yards from the store and the window in the Colonial Inn office was broken from the shots and those shots penetrated the back wall of that office.”
“And according to reports 5 casing were found at least a foot outside of the store.”
Sounds like the SOB needed shooting.
With that tight a pattern from #4 buck, I’m wondering if he was using his turkey choke and 3.5 inch magnum ammo. Sounds like a good shooting, probably not a clean shooting, but a good shooting. If a coroner’s jury in the land of Walla, Walla is deadlocked it looks pretty good for the store owner.
BTW: How ironic that the store is named, “the New York Store”.