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November 26, 2014

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Man charged in shooting death of brother-in-law

A family argument spilled into the streets Thursday, and one man has been charged with murder after killing his brother-in-law, according to Metro Police.

Charles Albert Redd Jr., 35, turned himself in Friday and told police that he shot his brother-in-law, Tony Newberry, 48, but that it was an accident.

Newberry lived with his girlfriend and Redd, who was formerly married to Newberry’s sister.

According to witnesses interviewed by police, Redd and Newberry had an agreement in which Redd would help care for Newberry’s mother and sister, Redd’s ex-wife.

On Thursday, according to Newberry’s girlfriend, Newberry went to visit his mother and found her living conditions unacceptable. He returned to their apartment on the 1500 block of Cobb Lane, near East Owens Avenue and North Eastern Avenue, very upset.

Newberry’s ex-wife came over to the apartment to discuss the matter with him, and he was explaining the situation to her when Redd came home, according to the arrest report.

Newberry yelled at Redd, and Redd at one point produced a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun and offered it to Newberry saying: “If you want to take care of business, here you go,” according to Newberry’s girlfriend.

Newberry handled the gun, and then gave it to his girlfriend who hid it under a pillow. Newberry’s wife, according to the report, deescalated the fight and persuaded Redd to walk her to the bus stop.

Redd complied but took the gun with him.

As Redd and Newberry’s wife reached the bus stop, Newberry appeared and started the argument anew.

Newberry’s wife tried to separate them but failed. Redd, according to witnesses and his statement to police, shot Newberry one time.

The bullet entered one armpit and exited out the opposite one, passing through Newberry’s chest and killing him, according to the Clark County Coroner.

Redd turned himself in the next day to police and said that while he did shoot his brother-in-law, he did not mean to shoot and he hit the trigger by accident.

Redd, who was previously convicted of auto theft in California, was not legally allowed to have a gun.

Redd is being held without bail at Clark County Detention Center, and is charged with murder with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of a firearm.

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