Bossier City man wins appeal, no longer faces decades in jail

Bossier City man wins appeal, no longer faces decades in jail
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A Bossier City man is set to be released from prison after winning his appeal of a 2016 manslaughter conviction.

Patrick Newton Harris, 44, was sentenced to 39 years in prison at hard labor after a Bossier District Court judge convicted him in August 2019.

Harris, who had been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder, was convicted of manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting his of onetime friend and co-worker William Christopher “Chris” Flowers in March 2016 in Madison Place subdivision in south Bossier City.

Harris claimed he shot Flowers in self-defense.

CONVICTION OVERTURNED: Patrick Harris is expected to be freed immediately, his attorney says

“I shot him. I feared for my life,” Harris says in an audio statement recorded hours after the fatal shooting. Harris’s statement also says that Flowers attacked him and wrestled him to the ground.

“Patrick claimed self-defense, asserting that he had been in fear for his life after Flowers suddenly attacked him,” says the ruling issued Wednesday, Jan. 13 by Louisiana’s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.

“Patrick had suffered violence twice at the hands of Flowers a couple of years earlier, which was around the time when Flowers had engaged in an affair with Patrick’s wife ... .”

Harris’s wife, Aftan Harris, told KSLA News 12 that he was choked and then suffered a fracture from which he never has regained full mobility of his right arm.

“After reviewing the record, the briefs and the argument of the parties, we conclude the evidence was insufficient for a rational trier of fact to have found beyond a reasonable doubt that the homicide was not committed by Patrick in self-defense, and therefore, reverse his conviction,” the 2nd Circuit’s 34-page opinion states.

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