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Man to use Iowa's new "stand your ground" defense

A man accused in a deadly shooting on Iowa City's pedestrian mall plans to use Iowa's new "stand your ground" law in his defense. (MGN Online)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man accused in a deadly shooting on Iowa City's pedestrian mall plans to use Iowa's new "stand your ground" law in his defense.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that 23-year-old Lamar Wilson is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection with an Aug. 27 shooting that killed one man and injured two others. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The state's "stand your ground" legislation took effect July 1. It says law-abiding citizens don't have to retreat before using deadly force if they believe they're in danger.

Court documents filed Monday show Wilson plans to also claim self-defense.

Wilson is being held at the Johnson County Jail on a $1.75 million bond. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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