WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — An inquest jury reportedly is split 3-3 on whether a fatal shooting was justified during a break-in at a Walla Walla, Wash., store.
Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel is presiding over the inquest into the May 4 death of Cesar H. Chavira. KNDU-TV reports that Blasdel has ordered a recess until Friday morning. Any decision by the inquest jury will not be binding on the prosecutor.
Jurors were told that Chavira was shot in the back. Some belts from the store were found a few feet from his body.
The owner of the New York Store Western Outfitters, John Saul, says he shot an intruder in self-defense.