John Marshall drove his dead neighbor’s body to his attorney’s office, claiming he was forced to kill the neighbor in apparent self-defense. Marshall transported his neighbor’s body from Bokeelia in the bed of his pickup truck, and spent the majority of Wednesday hiding out in the Harris Law Firm.
Suffering from injuries that allegedly were inflicted during the struggle, Marshall left his lawyer’s office wearing a black jacket over his head at around 10:30 p.m. and proceeded to Lee Memorial Hospital.
Marshall told Harris that he had wrestled the gun away from the other man and shot him during a fight earlier that day. Marshall suffered a swollen lip, a missing tooth, another chipped tooth and two broken thumbs. Marshall maintained that he had brought the man to the attorney’s office because he didn’t know who else he could trust.
The two men had allegedly been in some type of dispute over property work in Bokeelia. Marshall had called his attorney days before the incident saying he feared for his safety. The lawyers advised him to obtain a restraining order. Harris opined that this was a clear-cut case of self-defense.
Marshall does have a pending assault charge. Harris said that Marshall told him that he remembered little about the fight or the 30-mile drive to Harris’s law office. The Lee County Sherriff’s Office said only that investigators were looking into the death and would not elaborate.