HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A state appeals court has denied relief to a Franklin County man serving 20-40 years in prison for fatally shooting another man who tried to rob him and his house guests during a Christmas morning party in 2013.
Mickle J. Shaffer, of Fayetteville, was convicted in November of third-degree murder in the killing of 21-year-old Janorris Hughes.
Authorities said Hughes, on parole after serving time for burglary, was armed with a semi-automatic .22-caliber rifle when he went to Shaffer’s home. One of the guests, Terry Fulton, was shot during a struggle.
According to court documents, Fulton was at the home to sell cocaine and Hughes and another guest had planned to rob him and the others.
After Hughes fled the home, authorities said Mickle picked up the rifle, found it empty, and loaded it with his own ammunition. He then searched for Hughes for about 30 minutes before fatally shooting him behind the home, court documents state.
Superior Court denied Shaffer’s arguments that his jury trial should have been instructed on citizen’s arrest and the use of deadly force to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon.
Mickle also argued the trial court erred when it refused his request to present evidence of Hughes’s parole status. He said that information was critical in showing Hughes was the aggressor.