SPOKANE, Wash. – Edward Bushnell, who was claimed self-defense in the fatal shooting of another man on a lower South Hill street, was found not guilty on all murder and manslaughter charges Thursday.
Bushnell was found not guilty of first degree manslaughter, not guilty of first degree murder and not guilty of second degree murder.
Edward Bushnell is emotional as well after hearing the not guilty verdict. pic.twitter.com/UAMJZX84xY— Lindsay Nadrich (@KREMLindsay) May 11, 2017
On July 21, 2015, Bushnell, then 27-years-old, was walking northbound along 5th Avenue and Altamont street when he came across 45-year-old William Poindexter and his girlfriend. Police said Bushnell saw Poindexter attacking his girlfriend and Bushnell decided to intervene.
Authorities said Bushnell and Poindexter got into a physical fight when Bushnell tried to stop the assault. Police said Bushnell was armed with a knife and Poindexter was armed with a small bat.
At some point the fight stopped. Poindexter and his girlfriend were walking away when authorities said Bushnell retrieved a handgun, returned and shot Poindexter two times in the back. Poindexter would later die.
Prosecutors charged Bushnell with murder arguing that Bushnell did not act in self-defense when he shot Poindexter.
Per Washington State law, if Bushnell's use of force is reasonable, he has the right to be reimbursed for legal fees and loss of time. The jury will continue to deliberate on whether or not Bushnell will be reimbursed for costs incurred because of this case.