Iowa Man Defends Himself; Won't Face Charges

Charges were dropped against this Iowa man in the defensive shooting of an attacker.

Local news reports:

On the eve of trial, charges were dropped Tuesday against a former Iowa State University basketball standout who shot a man during a September fight that reportedly started over a racial slur.

Hurl Beechum, 42, was scheduled to go to trial on charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, willful injury and assault stemming from the shot he fired into the leg of Colton McDaniel, 21, from a 9mm handgun.

The fight broke out in front of the Glenwood house rented by Beechum's mother and stepfather, Richard Hutchinson, who is the high school principal in the western Iowa town of around 5,200.

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