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Gun shop owner accused of shooting two brothers claims self-defense

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William Albright appears in court William Albright appears in court
Kyle Pearson survived the shooting Kyle Pearson survived the shooting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An Army veteran who shot two brothers fighting outside of his gun store appeared in court Monday, and so did the surviving brother.

The trial date for William Albright is far from being set. Initial court matters were taken care of Monday afternoon. A not-guilty plea was entered for Albright, and his next court date of Nov. 9 was set. Albright has been indicted for murder and assault.

The suspect's attorney took the court appearance as an opportunity to get his client's side of the story out in the open. Attorney Robert Schaefer says it is a case of self defense. "He was doing what he needed to do to protect him and the people around him from getting hurt." 

Albright is accused of shooting Cameron and Kyle Pearson outside of his Valley Station gun store, Hardshell Tactical, in July. According to an indictment, the brothers were struggling over a gun in the parking lot. Witnesses say Albright told the men to stop, and when they didn't, Albright fired several shots.

"He came out and just shot my sons and there was no reason for him to do that," said Stephanie Pearson, mother of Cameron and Kyle Pearson.

Cameron, 29, was killed. Kyle survived.

"I got a lot of mixed emotions about it," said Kyle Pearson outside of court Monday. "He just seems stale-faced as usual, nothing to say. I don't know." 

"My question is, he's been trained in the military. I was in the military," said Stephanie Pearson, "and we're trained in first aid, and he did nothing to help my sons. My sons were bleeding out. My son died right there. He did nothing." 

Albright's attorney says his client has cooperated with investigators and was surprised by the indictment last week. Albright turned himself in and posted his $35,000 bond. 

There are two sides to the story and a lot of unanswered questions. Schaefer says it's his understanding that Cameron fired shots. Schaefer asks why self-defense does not apply.

"I know the commonwealth has to make a finding to say that that doesn't apply, I haven't seen that, there's no information how they came to that decision," said Schaefer of Kentucky's Castle Doctrine.

"Cameron was a victim here, and he's lost his life and he'll never see his children grow up," said Stephanie Pearson. "He may be a good man, but he made a bad choice that day."

Neither side would speak about specifics about what exactly unfolded the day of the shooting.

Albright is planning to run for Louisville Metro Council next November. His attorney says he will have to reevaluate that after this is all over.

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