Phoenix, AZ—David Appleton has had a very rough and expensive week. Last Thursday night the 59 year-old lawyer was chased down Pima Road by an angry driver who cornered him behind a drug store, jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to strangle him. Appleton apparently produced a .38 revolver in an effort to halt the attack. When the sight of the gun had no effect on his younger assailant a single shot ended the life of an angry, Paul “Tom” Pearson.
Scottsdale police refused to believe Appleton’s claims of self-defense and arrested him on murder charges. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office reviewed the known facts and physical evidence and found there was insufficient evidence to support the charges. Prosecutors motioned the court this morning to dismiss the direct complaint.
Should the Scottsdale police find enough evidence for probable cause they may bring it forward to prosecutors for prosecution. For now Dave Appleton is free.
Everyone in the defense side of this case including David Appleton recognize the sorrow that Pearson’s wife and three daughters are going through right now. I think it’s fair to say that Pearson had a good side that his family and friends will miss. I hope that his family is able to move on and experience success and love that Pearson surely would have wanted for them.
There is a lesson to learn here and that’s to try and ignore those drivers that irritate all of us. Arizona gives motorists the same protection and people have in their homes. Deadly force can be used to prevent crimes and assaults in cars as well as homes. Conflict avoidance is always the best policy.