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Case Number: 1:18-cr-00143-MR-WCM
Judge: Martin Reidinger
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (Buncombe County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Asheville, NC: Second degree murder criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Shane McKinley Swimmer, age 21, of Cherokee, North Carolina.
An November 10, 2018, Swimmer and his uncle, Charles Ray “Chino” West, were at his uncle’s residence on Rocky Knob Trail in Swain County, which is within the boundaries of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reservation. Trial evidence established that shortly before 7:00 p.m., Swimmer attacked his uncle with a baseball bat, striking the victim in the head at least nine times. The victim died as a result of his injuries. Following the attack, Swimmer went to another family member’s house nearby and announced that the victim was dead before calling 911. Officers with the Cherokee Indian Police Department arrested Swimmer shortly thereafter.
Outcome: Federal Jury Finds Swain County Man Guilty Of Second Degree Murder