Tennessee brothers’ deaths self defense, grand jury finds.

No one will be charged for the shooting deaths of…

No one will be charged for the shooting deaths of two Lawrence County brothers in Decatur on Christmas Day 2009.

A Morgan County grand jury Wednesday did not return an indictment against a suspect due to insufficient evidence to prove the deaths of Joshua Blankenship, 30, and Caleb Blankenship, 34, were not self-defense.

District Attorney Scott Anderson said Decatur police never arrested the suspect, and since he was not charged with a crime, his name is being withheld.

“One brother was shot in the shoulder that went across his back and the other was shot when he was coming toward the suspect in a crouched position,” Anderson said the suspect contended.

“He said he fired the gun after one of the brothers swung at him with a knife. He had knife wounds on his arms and hands that were consistent with him defending himself.”

The weapon was a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and each brother was shot once, police said.

Source: Sheryl Marsh for Decaturdaily.com.

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