A West Side Charleston man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of a man on Mary Street last November.
Donald Troy Raines, 37, told a judge that Jerry Wayne Baldwin of Sissonville threatened him and he shot him in self-defense. Prosecutors said they had planned to argue against that at trial.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A grand jury indicted Raines on a charge of voluntary manslaughter earlier this year. He pleaded not guilty in February.
Richard Holicker, Raines' court-appointed public defender, said Raines decided to plead guilty because he couldn't be assured a jury could be convinced he acted in self-defense.
Raines told Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman, "A man came to my house and threatened my life."
He said Baldwin drove by in a car with Raines' former girlfriend and the two became involved in a heated dispute.
"I walked away and he started threatening me," Raines said.
Raines said he went into his house nearby and retrieved a handgun. He came out and fired a warning shot at Baldwin.