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Judge: Baughman granted immunity for brother-in-law's shooting death


A Clarendon County family is sounding off over the case of a man who won't be charged for a deadly shooting.

On Monday, the Clarendon County Solicitor granted Isaac Baughman, 27, immunity from prosecution in the shooting death of his brother-in-law Stephen Brown, 19.

Judge R. Ferrell Cothran cleared Baughman from charges of murder and possession of a firearm as a felon, saying he had the right to stand his ground.

Brown’s mother, Debbie Brown said she is heartbroken about the decision and would like some answers.

"Why would you want to hurt me this way, why take my baby boy,?” Debbie said.

Baughman was arrest in December 2014 and charged with fatally shooting brown in the chin. The incident took place at Baughman's home on Raider Road in Manning.

Brown's sister, Candace Brown said her brother was trying to get her out of an abusive relationship, and was trying to talk to her husband when he was shot and killed.

"The next thing I know he's walk toward the door and then at that point I see my brother go toward the porch and then I hear the gun go off,” Candace said. “It was within seconds after he walked out of the door.”

Baughman, being a convicted felon could have been prosecuted for owning a gun, but the solicitor said that the incident took place at Baughman's home and everyone has the right to protect themselves at their home.

The Solicitor has 10 days to appeal the judge's decision.

WIS reached out to Baughman family Tuesday for a comment, but did not receive a response.

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