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SC Supreme Court overturns manslaughter conviction

Sep 27, 2011 9:07:00 AM - thestate.com
The South Carolina Supreme Court has overturned the voluntary manslaughter conviction of a Columbia apartment building security guard who shot and killed a man in 2004.

Chief Justice Jean Toal wrote that Jason Dickey acted in self-defense in the shooting of 24-year-old Joshua Boot of West Columbia.

Dickey was a security guard at an apartment building and has served five years of a 16-year sentence.

Toal wrote that Dickey was confronted by two younger, intoxicated large men advancing toward him.

Associate Justice Don Beatty dissented in the 4-1 ruling, saying Dickey could have avoided the confrontation and was not inside the apartment building at the time of the shooting.

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