Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Man's Self-Defense Claim Sways Jury in Marijuana-Related Killing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Man's Self-Defense Claim Sways Jury in Marijuana-Related Killing

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ST. LOUIS * Jurors on Tuesday believed the self-defense claim of one man charged with fatally shooting another in an argument over drug money last year.

Paul E. Clayton Jr., 30, of the 8800 block of Corwin Drive in Jennings, was acquitted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the April 2, 2015, shooting death of Clifford Williams in the city's Mark Twain neighborhood.

Williams, 42, was killed at his home in the 5000 block of Queens Avenue.

According to police, Williams heard a knock at the door, opened it and was pulled out onto the porch and down the front steps. Clayton then shot Williams five times in the abdomen, arm and leg. Williams' uncle emerged and shot Clayton in the back as he tried to run, severing his spine and paralyzing him from the waist down.

Clayton's public defender, Matt Mueller, said his client went to the home to buy marijuana and the men argued over the price. …

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