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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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