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No charges for trooper in Dion Johnson’s death, family will file civil suit

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said her office won't criminally prosecute Trooper George Cervantes for shooting and killing 28-year-old Dion Johnson.... Read more»

Az among 23 states with self-defense laws like Florida's

“Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First," “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Arizona is among the many states with a similar statute.... Read more»

Man convicted of murder in self-defense case granted new trial

The Legislature can retroactively apply a 2006 law that shifted the burden of proof in self-defense claims from defendants to prosecutors, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled. The ruling grants a new trial to Cesar Montes, who was charged in 2005 with killing a man outside a Tucson party.... Read more»