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Anti-Donald Trump campaigner 'shoots Republican neighbour twice in the head'

Jon Sharman
The Independent
Clayton Carter, left, has been charged with murdering his neighbour George Jennings

An anti-Donald Trump campaigner has been charged with murdering his Republican neighbour after a series of disputes boiled over into violence.

Clayton Carter allegedly shot George Jennings twice in the head after a row, reportedly the latest in a string of confrontations that had seen the police called dozens of times over several years.

It happened after an argument about a spotlight, US media said, but Mr Carter's lawyer said his client acted in self-defence after being threatened with a knife.

Mr Carter's front garden was filled with anti-Donald Trump signs, ABC 6 reported, while Mr Jennings was a member of the local Republican Party committee. Both were 51.

But it was not claimed their political views were a cause of the killing.

One neighbour said of Mr Carter: "We steered clear of him. We were frightened of him because he's so unpredictable."

Police said he had argued with other neighbours and had previously threatened Mr Jennings with a gun.

"My client says he was justified in doing so because he was under attack by a knife wielding assailant," lawyer Terrence Marlowe told ABC 6.


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