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Jury ponders fate of Sacramento man accused in 2012 paraplegic shooting

A Sacramento County jury will return Monday to continue to deliberate the fate of a man accused of killing a paraplegic caught in the crossfire of a south Sacramento shootout nearly three years ago.

Tyrie Allen Tholmer, now 20, faces a murder charge in the November 2012 shooting death of 22-year-old Dominique Baker. Baker was killed in an exchange of gunfire on south Sacramento’s 65th Avenue. Jurors began deliberating April 27.

Baker, who suffered from cerebral palsy, had to rely on a wheelchair since he was a child. Prosecutors say three bullets fired from Tholmer’s gun during the late-night shootout Nov. 7, 2012, struck Baker in the back, ending his life.

Attorneys for Tholmer say he fired his weapon, a 9-millimeter handgun, in self-defense as he fled gunshots and that Baker was an unintended target. The defense could mean the difference between a murder charge and a lesser manslaughter charge if Tholmer is found guilty.

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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