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East Texan will not pay for shooting burglar

By Kelly Hefelfinger - email

Late Thursday night, Smith County jurors cleared Terry Graham in a wrongful death suit, brought on by the family of a burglar he shot and killed.

33-year-old Joshua Chambers was shot while in a car outside Graham's home in 2007, after breaking into it.

Jurors deliberated for four hours before reaching their decision.

During empassioned arguments, the family's attorneys argued that graham crossed the line shooting chambers, but the defense countered with the argument that the law was on chambers side.

The civil ruling mirrors the result of the prior criminal proceedings.

In that case, a Smith County grand jury refused to indict Terry Graham for Chamber's death.

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