This article really shows how easily a situation can turn deadly, and the negative outcome that could eventually result. Just learning to operate your gun is not enough. Mindset, planning and training are of equal importance, if not more important.


I’m shocked because I thought the case was a question of manslaughter. Hung jury, possibly guilty of manslaughter, but more likely ‘not guilty.’ It just seemed to me that the relative sizes of the two people made it clear that my client was in a jam that he couldn’t get out of except to use a firearm.

So said the defense attorney for Merrill “Mike” Kimball after his client was found guilty of murder for fatally shooting 63-year-old Leon Kelley in 2013.  Obviously, things did not come to pass the way he thought they would. Regardless of the outcome of an appeal, being convicted of murder is a Negative Outcome.

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Cast of characters for the drama:

  • Stan Brown – 95 year old owner of Brown’s Bee Farm
  • Karen Thurlow-Kimball – shooter’s wife. Managed the farm and sold the honey
  • Merrill “Mike” Kimball – shooter (5 feet 11 inches…

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