Man Charged In Shooting Surrenders To Police


Friday, September 28th 2007, 9:36 am
By: News On 6


There are new developments in a case of road rage that ended with one man dead. The man who police say shot and killed another driver at a Riverside Park last June turned himself into police on Friday. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter. The News On 6’s Ashli Sims reports Kenneth Gumm is out on bond, and his attorney, who specializes in gun rights, says this case is bigger than just one man.

On Friday, three months after the deadly shooting, Kenneth Gumm was booked into the Tulsa County jail. He turned himself in at 10 o’clock in the morning and was out on bond four hours later. Gumm's attorney believes his client should have never seen the inside of a jail cell.

“We're going to pursue the idea that he's immune from prosecution by the make my day statute," Gumm’s attorney Larry Johnson said.

On June 10, 2007, 67-year-old Gumm was driving on Riverside drive and apparently cutoff Dale Turney, said police. Police reports say Gumm pulled into a parking lot near 21st and Riverside and Turney followed, blocking Gumm's car. Gumm says he was threatened, chased around his car and shoved. That's when Gumm says he shot Turney in the chest.

"I would have to be able to look at the victim's family and say, 'this is a justifiable homicide.' Based on my review and analysis, I can't do that," Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris said.

"How much of a beating do you have to take to defend yourself? As a man, 67-years-old, crippled, and in very poor physical condition?" Johnson said.

Johnson says his client is a CLEET-certified security guard with a concealed carry permit, a man with more training than most when it comes to guns. He also says Turney was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Johnson says this case has struck a chord with many people in the community.

"It's put a chill, it's put a real chill upon the right of people in this community, which is a very dangerous community, to defend themselves," said Larry Johnson.

Kenneth Gumm's attorney says people from all over the state have called him to contribute to Gumm's defense.

The prosecution says this case boils down to a man that responded to a shove with deadly force, and he doesn't believe Gumm was reasonably in fear for his life from an unarmed man.

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