DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - A Douglas man who was accused of shooting and killing his sister in September of 2016, was released from all charges on November 7, after the judge granted his motion to dismiss the case, according to ADA Ian Sansot.
Caleb Barrett was indicted by a Coffee County grand jury after he was charged with voluntary manslaughter and possession of a gun during the commission of a crime.
Police said that he shot his sister Lea Jovan Merritt, 37, during a family dispute in the backyard of her parents home on North College Avenue, where Lea Merrit had a camper trailer parked.
In a ten-page ruling to dismiss the case against Barrett, Coffee County Superior Court Judge Andrew C. Spivey wrote that Barrett was reasonably justified in standing his ground and shooting Lea Merritt.
He further wrote that Barrett was entitled to pretrial immunity based upon self-defense and granted his motion to dismiss that case, with prejudice.
That means that Barrett won't be charged with that offense in the future.
Read the judge's ruling here-
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