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Fatal shooting case remains in legal limbo

By Walter Geiger The curious case of Frenchie Fambro remains in legal limbo with two critical motions and their outcomes pending. Fambro was originally charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 26-year-old Christopher Martin Stepanski. Stepanski was shot to death in the parking lot of JR Food Mart on College Drive in Barnesville July 21, 2011. Chief magistrate William Thomas later found insufficient evidence with regard to malice aforethought and freed Fambro. A grand jury indicted him on one count of involuntary manslaughter September 13. Fambro claims he shot Stepanski in self defense. According to district attorney Richard Milam, Fambro’s defense has filed two motions of note. One sought a mental competency evaluation and the other seeks a hearing on the issue of self defense. The mental evaluation is complete but Milam’s office has not received the written report on it. Should Fambro be found mentally competent, an evidentiary hearing will be held in superior court under Georgia’s so-called ‘˜stand your ground’ law. If self defense is affirmed, the case will be dismissed. If not, the case against Fambro will be placed on the trial calendar.

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