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State drops murder case, says it was self-defense

  The state has dropped a murder charge against an area resident nearly three years after he was arrested.
   Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives and the District Attorney’s office decided last week to drop the second-degree murder charge against Robert Clarence Thompson, 49, of Fay Jones Road,  in the May 12, 2008 shooting death of Jimmy Lee Potter, Jr.
  Major Crimes Unit Detective Lt. Tim Johnson said that upon further investigation into the case and meeting with the prosecutor they decided to drop the charge because it cannot be shown that the incident was not self-defense.
  Officers responded to 5456 King Wilkinson Road on May 12, 2008 after receiving a report of shots being fired. Deputies found Potter, who worked in construction, lying in front of a vehicle near a garage at the residence with a gunshot wound to the chest.
  He identified Thompson as the shooter.  The men had apparently gotten into an argument over money owed to one another and a fight erupted with the victim being shot during the altercation.
  Thompson claimed that Potter pulled a gun and he (Thompson) shot to defend himself. 
  Thompson was arrested at his residence on Fay Jones Road without incident.  He was transported to CMC-Lincoln for treatment of injuries he received in the altercation.
  He has been out of jail on a $75,000 secured bond awaiting trial.

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