John Marshall, 55, told the court that his 65-year-old neighbour, Theodore Hubbell Jr. died from a gunshot wound after coming onto Marshall’s property intent on stopping him from building a house on it.
Marshall’s property on the rural island of Bokeelia was empty, and he wanted to build a house and live there, but Hubbell wasn’t having it - court heard.
Marshall’s lawyer, Robert Harris, told court that the men had argued and several days later Hubbell came over with a gun. In struggle a shot was fired, that killed Hubbell.
The grand jury decided to not charge Marshall with the death of Hubbell, accepting that he was acting in self-defense and did not intend to harm his neighbour.