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Court of Appeals upholds Reed Bingham shooting verdict

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 21, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling that a South Georgia park manager was justified in shooting an attempted burglar.

The family of 20 year-old Curtis Wright accused Reed Bingham Park Manager Chet Powell of the wrongful death of their son.

In December 2005, Powell tried to arrest Wright for breaking into a vending machine.

Court records say Wright resisted arrest, ignored pepper spray and verbal warnings, hit Powell with his car and tried to grab the ranger's gun.

That's when Powell shot him in the chest.

The GBI cleared Powell of all charges saying he acted in self-defense.

Last November, a judge agreed and tossed out the family's lawsuit.

This was the second time the case came before the Appeals Court and the second time the court ruled in Powell's favor.

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