Self-de­fense ar­gu­ment leads to ac­quit­tal in fa­tal shoot­ing

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — A Rhode Is­land jury has ac­quit­ted a 32-year-old Prov­i­dence man in a Septem­ber 2015 fa­tal shoot­ing in the city.

The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal re­ports that Der­rick Wat­son was found not guilty of mur­der Fri­dahy in the death of 38-year old Kyle Machado.

Machado, who was a mem­ber of the Nar­ra­gansett In­dian tribe, died dur­ing a street fight over a game of craps.

The gun used in the shoot­ing was found a week later wrapped in a T-shirt on Smith Hill.

Wat­son's lawyer, Mark Smith, ar­gued that his client didn't in­tend to kill Machado. He says his client meant to fire a warn­ing shot af­ter wrestling away the gun, which he said Machado had pulled on Wat­son.

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