No charge in fatal Walla Walla store shooting



WALLA WALLA (AP) — The Walla Walla County prosecutor will not charge the owner of a store who shot and killed a man during a break-in.

An inquest jury ruled in a 4-2 decision Friday the shooting was justifiable homicide.

Prosecutor Jim Nagle said Monday the verdict indicated how difficult it would be to prosecute the case. The slayer does not have to prove the homicide was justifiable. And, the trial jury must be convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that a person was not defending himself or his property.

The owner of the New York Store Western Outfitters, John Saul, shot Cesar Chavira on May 4 after he broke in and fled with belts and belt buckles.

The Union-Bulletin reports ( ) a lawyer for Chavira’s family intends to sue Saul.