A man who drove his dead neighbor to his attorney’s office claiming he killed him in self-defense will not be arrested, Robert Harris, his attorney, said Wednesday evening.
John Marshall walked into Harris’ law firm Wednesday and told him he killed his neighbor in self-defense in Bokeelia and brought the body with him in the bed of his pickup truck, the Detroit Free Press reported.
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Lee County Sheriff’s deputies on the scene declined to comment on whether Marshall will be arrested or not for the killing. Marshall spent the majority of Wednesday at the Harris Law Firm.
Marshall told his attorney that he had wrestled the gun away from the other man and shot him in an altercation earlier in the afternoon, Harris said. Harris added that Marshall, 52, arrived with a swollen lip, a freshly missing tooth, another chipped tooth and what looked like two broken thumbs. Marshall said he brought his dead neighbor to his office because he “didn’t know who else to trust.”
Shortly after Marshall arrived at the law firm, attorneys called the police around 4 p.m.
“It’s the cleanest-cut case of self-defense I’ve ever seen,” Harris said.
The two men had been in an ongoing dispute over property work in Bokeelia, Harris said. Marshall had called his attorney days before the incident took place saying he feared for his safety, Harris said. The lawyers said they had advised him to get a restraining order.
Marshall has a pending criminal charge involving assault with a weapon, Harris said, but did not elaborate further.
Harris said Marshall told him he remembers little about the altercation or the drive from Bokeelia to the law office – about a 30-mile drive. He called his wife but doesn’t recall the conversation, Harris said.
“I believe he’s in shock — probably now still,” Harris said, a few hours after Marshall arrived, the Detroit Free Press reported. “He’s still breathing heavy. He’s looking like a man who lost the world.”
Harris said he’s never handled a case where a body has been brought to his office by a client.
“They don’t teach you about this in law school. That’s for sure,” he said. “I believe we’ve handled ourselves correctly, but I’m a little in shock myself. This is not something that happens every day.”
Attorney: Man Who Drove Dead Neighbor To Law Office Will Not Be Arrested