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Murder suspect claims self-defense

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  Phenix City's latest murder suspect, Marcus Hunter, is claiming self-defense.

His lawyer says he was standing outside of a building on Golden Lane off Highway 165 in Russell County over the weekend when he was approached by the victim, Randolph Miles, who wanted to fight him. To protect himself, his attorney says Hunter pulled out a gun and fired.

But members of the District Attorney's Office say witnesses told police the victim was unharmed and was shot three times. Witnesses also reportedly told investigators there was a possible altercation between the two men earlier in the night but at the time of the shooting, they say, the victim only threatened a fist fight.

Next up for Marcus Hunter is a preliminary hearing October 13th.

 A judge reduced his bond to $150,000.

Here's the latest press release from the Phenix City Police Department on the investigation, dated September 5, 2009:

At approximately 22:50 hrs The Phenix City Police responded to a call reporting that a subject had been shot.

The reported shooting occurred at 22 Golden Lane, Phenix City; AL. Responding officers located a b/m with several gun shot wounds to the chest area. This subject was later identified as Mr. Randolph Miles DOB 6/11/69. Mr. Miles died as a result of his injuries. There were no other victims involved in this shooting. The reported shooter Mr. Marcus D. Hunter turned himself in to The Phenix City Police a short time after the shooting. The weapon was also recovered at the time of arrest. Mr. Hunter was charged with murder and transported to the Russell County Jail.

At this time the suspected motive for the shooting was an argument between the two men. The case is being investigated by Criminal Investigation Division of the Phenix City Police Department.

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