Daily American Republic
A coroner’s jury ruled Monday afternoon a son acted in defense of his mother when he fatally shot his father after a domestic dispute at their home near Eastwood in February. The four-man, two-woman jury heard more than an hour of testimony from six witnesses before beginning its deliberations about 2:25 p.m. The jury returned fewer than 15 minutes later, and its foreman reported to Carter County Coroner Erik McSpadden: “We believe (Marcus Cornman) was justified.” The jury found the 24-year-old was justified in his use of force to protect his mother, Tammy Cornman, who was being assaulted and had a gun held to her head by his father, Marcus Rutter. The 43-year-old died Feb. 20 from a single gunshot wound to his back.