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Grand jury issues no bill of indictment in shot fired case

October 5, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

LISBON - A man initially charged after his live-in girlfriend was reportedly grazed in the head by a shot he fired was not charged with a felony by the Columbiana County grand jury.

Michael F. Byers, 29, Johnson Road, Lisbon, initially had been accused with pulling the trigger on his shotgun during an argument at their home on Aug. 6.

His girlfriend, Melissa Delauder, 28, was taken to Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital for the wound on the top of her head.

Byers had reportedly helped her and then fled into the woods. Deputies and others searched for him, but he was not located that night. He was found later that week after he went to the St. Elizabeth Hospital seeking psychiatric help.

Initially, Delauder told deputies she did not know the man who pulled the trigger. Then at a preliminary hearing in county Municipal Court on Aug. 13, Delauder told Judge Mark Frost it was her fault for not taking the gun in for repairs when she should have. She contended she was fine.

At the time, Byers was bound over to the grand jury on a second degree felonious assault.

After hearing the evidence, however, the grand jury issued a no bill of indictment.



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