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Local News in Brief : No Murder Charges in Robbery

Murder charges will not be filed against a Hermosa Beach man who shot and killed a gunman who had stolen his car, authorities said.

“We felt a jury would consider (the killing) to be justifiable,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Audrey Collins said.

James Earl Johnson, 21, of Florida was killed Aug. 15 as he attempted to drive off in a Porsche owned by Peter Priamos of Hermosa Beach, authorities said. Collins said Priamos shot Johnson from his second-floor balcony. A second gunman, who is still at large, fired back.

The robbery occurred shortly after Priamos, 23, and his girlfriend had arrived at his home, authorities said.

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