Criminal Justice

2nd-Degree Murder Charge Dropped Against Lawyer in Pharmacy Parking Lot 'Road Rage' Incident


A second-degree murder case has been dropped against Arizona criminal defense attorney David Appleton, 59. He was charged earlier this month in the fatal shooting of another motorist in a pharmacy parking lot, in what has been reported as a road-rage incident.

“We’ve asked the Scottsdale Police Department for some additional investigation before making a final charging decision,” a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office tells the Phoenix New Times’ Valley Fever blog.

However, Appleton’s attorney, Richard Gierloff, says he expects his client to be exonerated concerning what Gierloff describes as “clearly a justifiable use of force.”

The Arizona Republic also has a story.

Appleton is a former president of the Phoenix Trial Lawyers Association.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Ariz. Criminal Defense Attorney Is Charged with 2nd-Degree Murder in Road-Rage Incident”

ABAJournal.com: “Friends Say Jailed Attorney Charged in Alleged Road-Rage Death Is ‘Gentle,’ Acted in Self-Defense”

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