The state dismissed without prejudice Friday, June 14, its case and related charges against Victor D. Sanders, 54, of Kingsville, in connection with the shooting death of Sanders’ brother, Michael S. Sanders, 57, of Odessa.
“After reviewing the final autopsy report, toxicology lab results, final report and witness statements, there is sufficient evidence to show the homicide was done in self-defense,” states a press release from Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Russell.
The press release states the case was dismissed based on evidence currently available.
Victor Sanders was initially charged with two counts of felony unlawful possession of a firearm and felonies of voluntary manslaughter, armed criminal action and possession of a controlled substance after Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 6 p.m. March 3 to a report of shots fired and a man down at 636 N.W. 1801st Road, Kingsville.
During the investigation, deputies reported Michael Sanders had been shot approximately four times in the chest and stomach. The probable cause statement reported Victor Sanders admitted to shooting his brother multiple times during an altercation over a sibling who was incarcerated.
Court records state Michael Sanders left the residence and returned, continuing the argument, at which point Victor Sanders was reported to have drawn his 9mm pistol, pointed it at his brother and warned him to leave. Court records also state Victor Sanders reported his brother lunged at him, resulting in an unknown number of shots being fired.
“We aren’t unhappy when we get a chance to do justice. At this point in time, to me, if you do the right thing, how can you ever be unhappy?” Russell said when asked about the outcome Friday by the Daily Star-Journal.