On Monday, Stephen Lee Herring made his first appearance in a Union County Court on charges of second-degree murder and felony possession of a weapon. Herring is charged with shooting his brother, Stanley Herring at their home on 1752 U. Ashley in Felsenthal Saturday afternoon.
According to a Probable Cause Affidavit, Herring arrived at his brother’s home for lunch when Stanly Herring started to verbally and physically attack him over another incident the night before. After Stanley Herring threw his brother out of the house and told him to leave or he would “kill him”, Stephen Herring tried to comply.
Eye-witness accounts say that after being thrown out of the trailer, Stephen Herring asked to retrieved his .22-caliber pistol from the home because he wanted to pawn it later that day for truck parts. After recovering his gun, Stephen Herring made his way towards his truck.
The affidavit states that as Stephen Herring tried to leave, his brother continued to both physically and verbally attack him, even as he started backing up his truck. While Stephen Herring was trying to leave, his truck died. He exited the vehicle when he says his brother approached him again threatening more physical attacks. At that point, Stephen Herring fired off one shot in the air to scare his brother, and then two more at him, fatally wounding him.
When police arrived on the scene, Stephen Herring identified himself as the shooter. Union County Sheriff officers say they found Stanley Herring, face down in the dirt road.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s department, the suspect stated that he only shot his brother in self defense. Stephen Herring posted the $10,000 bond set, and a trial date has not been scheduled. .