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No charges filed in fatal shooting of popular Auburn youth sports coach

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm with 6 Comments »
June 29, 2011 4:55 pm

King County prosecutors said today they will not file criminal charges against an Auburn man who fatally shot a popular youth sports coach last month.

A two-page turndown says Olenthis Woods, 18, was defending himself and his family when he shot and killed 22-year-old Shennon Shelton outside Woods’ apartment May 1.

The victim’s brother, 23-year-old Gaston Shelton, was videotaping a brawl with his cell phone when Woods and two other men assaulted him. After he was jumped, Gaston Shelton summoned his brothers and cousins to the apartment complex to confront Woods.

As six men neared his front door in the 3400 block of C Court Southeast, police said Woods fired a gun and struck Gaston Shelton in the chest. Woods shot Shennon Shelton in the head as the man lunged at him after seeing his brother fall.

Another Shelton brother took the gun away from Woods and struck him with it several times before Woods’ mother and sister attacked the remaining men with pepper spray.

Gaston Shelton survived; Shennon Shelton died at the hospital.

Prosecutors said Shennon Shelton’s death was tragic but they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Woods’ actions were unjustified.

“Woods faced an imminent risk of being assaulted by the six men who had come to his apartment to likely enact revenge for Woods’ earlier attack on Gaston Shelton,” according to court documents.

Shennon Shelton was a football and basketball coach at Cascade Middle School in Auburn.

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  1. Let’s see:

    1. Gaston Shelton was videotaping a brawl.
    2. Olenthis Woods and two other men assault Gaston Shelton.
    3. Gaston Shelton gets five other men, including his brother Shennon.
    4. The Sheltons and their companions approach Woods’ apartment.
    5. Woods opens fire, hitting both Sheltons, killing Shennon.
    6. The court says Woods was justified in shooting the two men because they were there to respond to a fight Woods started.

    Thank you, King County for keeping us safe from fine, upstanding young men like Olenthis Woods.

  2. swade2569 says:

    WAIT. I don’t get this at all. It’s ok to shoot to kill someone if they are coming at you with fists bared? This really needs clarification here.

  3. loneranger says:

    And the original Assault on Gaston does not count? How was this thrown into the same bucket as the Murder and Agrivated Assault that occured later?

    Please tell me that this is being prosecuted………

    And the Gun was legally owned by the assailant? And the altercation took placed outside his apartment…..

    I am having allot of problems with why this was not taken to a jury for a decision…..

    Satterberg needs to rethink this case.

  4. A middle school coach assualting people, we don’t do back ground checks on coaches this guy sounded more like a gangster

  5. Let’s see this and step back. The article didn’t reference anybody getting away with a crime of an assault . What it did capture was the fact that the Sheltons ( 6 men) gathered together after the intial fight and THEY DECIDED they were going to bring, continue, the fight at Wood’s apartment. What were they going to do? Drag the man out of his house? It all about choices and it sounds like a lot of people made some good ones and bad ones. Remember Woods walked away from the first fight and the Sheltons followed because they wanted to get the last “word” in.

  6. To me this screams justified. He had his own life/safety to worry about and his mothers. The initial argument/altercation was done and over with. They took it upon themselves to reinsert themselves and start another altercation, took it a step further and kicked his door in…there were 5 or 6 of them and one of him. Castile Doctrine is very clear..There is no requirement to retreat if you believe you are going to be attacked….also states that no person in the state of Washington shall be put in ANY KIND of legal jeopardy what so ever for defending his/her life his/her family or his/her real property by any reasonable means necessary. There is no grey area. It’s pretty simple.

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