Michael Hatfield

Man arrested in murder investigation claims self defense

A man accused of murder in Callaway County claims he acted in self-defense.

47 year old Michael Hatfield of Readsville says he and 49 year old James Newsom were at Hatfield’s home on Wednesday when Newsom attacked him.

He claims Newsom reached for a gun, so Hatfield shot him before passing out on the floor. He says when he woke up, Newsom was dead.

He’s charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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