A Florida man drove to his lawyer’s office for some legal advice – with his dead neighbor in the trunk. After some sort of kerfuffle between two feuding neighbors, in which one of the men wrestled a weapon away from the other neighbor and used it to kill him, the panicking man loaded up the body of his neighbor into his vehicle and drove 30 miles to his lawyer’s office.
Writes USA Today on March 5: “John Marshall walked into the Harris Law Firm Wednesday claiming he had killed a man in self-defense in Bokeelia and brought the body with him in the bed of his pickup…Marshall spent the majority of Wednesday holed up at the law firm. At 10:33 p.m. Marshall, who had injuries, left his lawyer’s office bound for Lee Memorial Hospital.”
The 52-year-old Marshall told his lawyer Robert Harris that his neighbor, whom he has had ongoing problems with, came over to his undeveloped property Wednesday under the ruse of apologizing. Marshall said the man then drew a firearm from his waist and fired it at him, missing him. The man then used it to pistol-whip Marshall in the face. The pair fought, and Marshall obtained the gun and shot his neighbor dead. The dead man has been identified as Theodore Hubbell Jr., 65.
Harris, who said Marshall had called him earlier in the week fearing for his safety, said the shooting was “the cleanest-cut case of self defense I’ve ever seen,” adding that Marshall told him that he remembers little about the 30-mile drive to his office or the conversation he had with his wife on the way.
“I believe he’s in shock — probably now still,” Harris said to the media while Marshall was inside of his office. “He’s still breathing heavy. He’s looking like a man who lost the world.”
The Orlando Sentinel spoke about the property dispute between the two men, saying that Marshall, who lives in Cape Coral near Fort Myers, purchased a parcel of land on a rural dirt road in Bokeelia, located on Pine Island in Lee County. Marshall and his wife had planned to build a house on the property and had erected a shed and parked a camper there. The neighbor didn’t want the Marshalls to build a home near him, and continuously harassed him, Harris said.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said they are investigating the incident and do not know if any charges will be brought against Marshall.
Harris said this is the first time he has ever taken on a case where his client has transported the body. “They don’t teach you about this in law school. That’s for sure,” he said. “I believe we’ve handled ourselves correctly, but I’m a little in shock myself. This is not something that happens every day, a man driving a body to his lawyer’s office.”