Suspect in Hutchinson shooting claims self-defence

Police disagree

June 30, 2018 - 4:32 am

Authorities allege a Hutchinson shooting that left one dead and another wounded stemmed from a drug deal, but the suspect is claiming self-defense.

The Hutchinson News reports that the 26-year-old suspect, Curtis Garcia, hasn't yet been charged in Tuesday night's killing of 18-year-old Norman Cushinberry. But portions of the affidavit were read during his initial appearance.

The document says the suspect told authorities he was selling electronics when he was ambushed by a shotgun-wielding assailant and did what he had to do to protect himself and his two children. But police says the shooting stemmed from an attempt by the victims to cheat the suspect in a drug deal.

The hearing ended with a judge finding probable cause to detain the suspect on suspicion of first-degree murder in an attempt to commit an inherently dangerous felony.

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