"Jamie had a serious drug problem," Forbes said. "He moved into his house and took advantage of him, and he couldn't get rid of him."
Family members evicted Shaffer, he said, but he showed up that night trying to get in with his girlfriend. Forbes said Newhouse retreated to his bedroom, coming out with a gun when he thought the two were gone.
The judge said there were different versions of what happened that night.
"The circumstances are in great factual dispute," Bailey said. "But we have someone who has died by a bullet shot by this man.
She cited Newhouse's long criminal history -- a litany of charges from 1984 that include domestic battery, malicious assault, fleeing from police, driving under the influence, public intoxication and assault with a weapon.
Most of those charges were dismissed.
"I don't know why he even had a gun," she said. "I'm trying to imagine why a loved one who knew how he behaved and how he drank thought he should have a gun."
Forbes asked for a three to five-year sentence, and Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Drummond told the judge a 15-year term was appropriate. But Bailey postponed that sentence until she learns more about Newhouse's mental state.
"It matters not to me whether that other individual had a criminal history," Bailey said. "He was someone's son, someone's loved one. And his life has value."Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.