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Lawyer Says 2L Accused of Shoving Murder Was Defending His Girlfriend

Posted Mar 6, 2012 9:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawyer for a North Carolina law student accused of murdering a man by shoving him in front of a car says his client was defending his girlfriend.

Charlotte School of Law student Kenan Wells Gay was charged in connection with an altercation that began with a dispute in a Dilworth bar, the Charlotte Observer reports. On Monday, defense lawyer Christopher Fialko said Gay reacted after the victim “put his hands” on Gay’s girlfriend.

The victim, Robert Kingston III, was an operations manager at a Charlotte transportation company and was engaged to be married in Ohio, according to a newspaper wedding announcement cited by the Observer. A neighbor told the Gaston Gazette that Kingston was a sports writer.

The bar owner says a video captured Gay grabbing Kingston's collar and taking him out of the bar, according to the Observer story.

The law school website lists Gay as a member of the law review and student senate. His grandfather, Paul Gay, was a legendary high school football coach, according to the Observer and the Sanford Herald. Kenan Gay was a walk-on wide receiver for the University of North Carolina football team in 2008, but he didn’t play any games.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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