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May 8, 2013

Neighbor witnessed Kewanna shooting

Michael E. Righter owned home that he broke into.

KEWANNA — Neighbor David Kimble ran up to his friend’s home with horror early Monday morning as he watched Michael E. Righter struggle against bullets.

“The man was shot,” Kimble said in an interview. “Two minutes later shot two more times.”

Righter, 41, was reportedly shot by Camron Vawter, a 34- year-old occupant of the home on the 300 block of North Toner Street in Kewanna, when Righter reportedly broke into the home. However, property records indicate that Righter is the owner of the residence.

Righter was last listed in critical condition at South Bend Memorial Hospital.

Vawter told police that he heard someone breaking into the home and got up to find a male intruder. Vawter reportedly shot the intruder, who also had a firearm, and then called 911.

A female occupant told police that she and Righter are going through divorce proceedings.

According to Fulton County property records, Righter is still the owner of the North Toner Street home.

Kimble said he had been with Righter the night before and had disarmed him when Righter said he planned to break into the home.

“I took a gun away from him the night before,” Kimble said.

Kimble said he saw Righter shot about five times in the head and chest.

The Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday that no charges had been filed yet, because they had not yet received the police report.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department wrote in the release that they expected criminal charges for Righter.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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