Example of a pit bull. This dog was not believed to be involved in biting, but Pit Bulls are widely assumed to be aggressive.
Example of a pit bull. This dog was not involved in the shooting story, and it’s unknown what breed of canines were responsible for the barking noises that led to the violent confrontation.

Closing arguments are set for Wednesday in the retrial of a 69-year-old man accused of shooting his duplex neighbors during a violent confrontation that began with outrage over next-door barking dogs.

The shooting took place after a fight that saw a broom handle and baseball bat used as the violence escalated. It all started with barking dogs being heard through a common wall shared by the combatants.

The prosecution rested its case Monday against Michael Allen Quinn, who is charged with two counts each of attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm for the alleged 2015 attack on Lonnie and Andrew Wicks.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost scheduled closing arguments for Wednesday morning at the Banning Justice Center.

Last September, a separate jury acquitted Quinn of attempted murder, but the panel could not reach a unanimous verdict on the remaining charges, setting the stage for a second trial, which began a week ago.

According to testimony, Quinn shot Lonnie Wicks and his adult son, Andrew Wicks, after becoming enraged over dogs barking inside the victims’ residence in the 600 block of Gibbel Road in the Riverside County city of Hemet on the afternoon of July 22, 2015.

The neighbors shared a common wall, and Quinn began banging on it after listening to the dogs for a minute or two, according to police.

When Andrew Wicks went to confront Quinn about the disturbance, the defendant “came out of his house yelling” at the younger man, according to a trial brief filed by the prosecution.

After the two men exchanged words, Quinn retrieved a metal broom and struck Wicks with it several times — once in the neck and again in the forearm, prosecutors allege.

Quinn’s then-37-year-old son, Jamile Devon Jenkins, allegedly joined the fray, arming himself with a bat and striking at least one blow to Wicks’ knees.

The victim yelled to a female friend to wake his father, who was resting in a back bedroom, unaware of the fracas. According to the prosecution, Lonnie Wicks immediately went to his son’s aid, grabbing the bat away from Jenkins and throwing it over a fence.

At that point, Quinn went inside his residence, grabbed a small-caliber revolver and re-emerged on the front porch, leveling the pistol at Lonnie and Andrew Wicks, according to the prosecution’s trial brief.

Quinn allegedly fired a shot into the right side of Andrew Wicks’ face, causing the victim to crumple to the ground. The defendant then turned and fired a shot at Lonnie Wicks, who was hit in the back of the head. The bullet lodged in the rim of his skull and did not penetrate any farther, according to the prosecution.

Quinn attempted to fire three or four additional shots, but the revolver misfired each time, prosecutors allege.

Hemet police officers arrived moments later and took Quinn into custody. Jenkins was also detained and questioned, but investigators didn’t immediately arrest him. The convicted felon was later charged with assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

He was called to testify for the defense but invoked the Fifth Amendment, declining to say anything. He’s expected to be tried in the next few months.

The defense maintains that Quinn, who has no prior convictions, was not the aggressor and acted to protect himself and his son.

Lonnie and Andrew Wicks underwent surgery at an inland trauma center and eventually recovered from their wounds.

Quinn is being held in lieu of $145,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

–City News Service

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