Man acquitted in fatal shooting of Pea Ridge man
NEOSHO, Mo. — A southwest Missouri man was acquitted in the shooting death of a man who he claimed was threatening him and his family.
A McDonald County jury on Thursday acquitted 41-year-old Matthew Bowman in the 2015 death of 38-year-old Jimmie Tillery of Pea Ridge, Ark. He was charged with seconddegree murder with an option of involuntary manslaughter.
The Joplin Globe reports Bowman shot Tillery five times as Tillery sat in his pickup at a home in rural McDonald County. Bowman said Tillery began threatening to kill him shortly after he and his sons moved into the house with Tillery’s ex-wife.
He said he believed Tillery was armed and acting violent that day.
Prosecutor Bill Dobbs said jurors decided the shooting was justified under the state’s “stand your ground” law.