A jury has convicted Colville-area resident Eric Harris of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his younger brother, Larch Harris, last summer.
Eric Harris was arrested shortly after the June 23 shooting that took place at his home in the 400 block of Haller Creek Road, southwest of Colville.
The brothers were arguing over a saddle before the shooting occurred, according to Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen, who prosecuted the case with Deputy Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney, Matt Enzler.
Rasmussen said that evidence revealed that the argument between the brothers escalated into a fight and then into the fatal shooting of Larch Harris at close range with a sawed off shotgun.
Witnesses indicated that the brothers were under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the shooting.
Rasmussen said the case hinged on whether Eric Harris acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his brother. Larch Harris was not armed when he was shot and killed, Rasmussen added.
Rasmussen said that the jury in the case did not believe that Eric Harris exited the home with the gun and the intention of killing his brother.
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