March 13, 2013

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Newburgh man cleared in fatal shooting

Alexander: cleared

GOSHEN – An Orange County grand jury has cleared a Newburgh man of any charges in the shooting death of another man outside a Liberty Street bar in that city last October.

Charles Alexander, 21, shot and killed Justin Doctor, 23, of Newburgh on October 14 outside the Game Time Bar at 5 a.m.

District Attorney Frank Phillips said the entire incident was captured on surveillance video that the police acquired.

Alexander’s attorney, Paul Trachte, said that video proved Alexander did not commit a crime.

“It was fortunate for young Mr. Alexander that the entire incident was captured on video camera and I believe that it clearly showed that Mr. Alexander acted in defense of his brother,” Trachte said.

The video showed Doctor placing a semi-automatic pistol to the head of Alexander’s brother, Scottie Alexander with Doctor apparently trying to shoot Scottie Alexander in the head and Doctor trying to clear the gun, which had jammed several times.

Phillips said the video shows Charles Alexander coming on the scene from outside of camera range and firing three shots from a handgun fatally wounding Doctor.

At the time of his arrest just days ago on March 6, Charles Alexander told police he shot Doctor because he believed Doctor was going to kill his brother.

“His statement was consistent with the video of the incident,” Phillips said.

The law allows a person to use deadly physical force to defense himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes an individual is either using, or about to use deadly physical force.”

Phillips and Trachte said they did not know what precipitated the incident in the first place.

Alexander had no license for the gun he uses, which was not recovered. The grand jury declined to charge him with weapon’s possession.

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