Jury finds South Bend man guilty of shooting linked to drug deal

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Jurors have found 20-year-old Kyle Doroszko guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of 19-year-old Traychon Taylor outside of Frank’s Place at the corner of William and Marion Streets in South Bend.

The jury rejected his claim that he was justified in using deadly force to protect himself from a robbery while he was dealing marijuana.

The South Bend Tribune reports this case is the latest to push the limits of Indiana’s self-defense law, which denies self-defense rights to anyone committing even a low-level or nonviolent crime at the time of a confrontation.

He could face a maximum of 26 years when he’s sentenced in July. Doroszko has stated plans to appeal based on his self-defense claim.




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