Man charged with shooting friend's attacker freed

4:51 AM, Dec 3, 2003   |    comments
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The 71-year-old arrested for attempted murder, after allegedly shooting a man who was beating up his friend, is out of jail. Melvin Spaulding walked out of the Pinellas County Jail around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night, after a judge released him on his own recognizance. Spaulding was arrested Sunday. Deputies say he shot 20-year-old James Moore in the arm. They say Spaulding shot him as Moore and two friends beat up his neighbor, 63-year-old George Lowe. Earlier, Lowe says he confronted the men as they roamed through the neighborhood hitting cars and mailboxes. Though Spaulding was arrested for attempted murder, prosecutors haven’t decided whether they’ll file any formal charges. He wouldn’t comment last night at the request of his attorney, but Lowe says his friend is innocent. Spaulding has a concealed weapons permit, but as part of his release he’s been told he cannot have a gun. Meantime Moore was treated and released from the hospital, and later charged in a separate beating on the same night.

Ned Roberts, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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