|David Appleton is off the hook -- for now.|
The second-degree murder charge against David Appleton, a Scottsdale defense attorney who fatally shot a motorist during an apparent road-rage incident earlier this month, has been dropped, the County Attorney's Office confirms to New Times
. However, that doesn't mean he won't eventually be charged with a crime.
"We've asked the Scottsdale Police Department for some additional investigation before making a final charging decision," Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, says.
If you're unfamiliar with Appleton's repeated
road-rage incidents -- and his fatally shooting 50-year-old Paul Pearson, a father of three -- click here
Appleton's attorney, Richard Gierloff, tells New Times
he doesn't expect the MCAO to file other charges against his client. According to Gierloff, Appleton -- who once served as the president of the Phoenix Trial Lawyer's Association -- has the law on his side.
"It was clearly a justifiable use of force," Gierloff says. "You have the right to
use deadly physical force if someone's trying to kill you." More »