Hamilton man faces murder trial in shooting he said was self-defense

Hamilton man faces murder trial in shooting he said was self-defense

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Robert L. Bishop

A Hamilton man is scheduled to stand trial more than a year after he is accused of shooting a man to death at his Maple Avenue home.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers has set Robert L. Bishop’s trial for Sept. 11. Bishop is charged with murder for the Sept. 6, 2016, death of Timothy Dugan, 36, of Kahn Avenue.

Bishop was arrested in April after a grand jury handed up the indictment.

In a 911 call, a man who identified himself as Bishop said he shot Dugan in self-defense.

Officers responded to 829 Maple Ave., Apt. 1, in reference to a shots fired call at about 4:45 a.m. Inside the apartment, a man later identified as Dugan, was dead. His death was ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

A 911 call was placed by a man claiming to have shot Dugan in self-defense over money, according to recordings obtained by the Journal-News.

In the 911 call, a man who identified himself as Bishop tells the dispatcher, “A guy I know, I owed him money, he came in and he went ballistic, beat me up. He pulled a gun on me, we fought over it, and I had to shoot.”

When the dispatcher asked the caller if he shot the man, later identified as Dugan, the caller replies, “yes ma’am.”

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