Defendant Spends Two Years in Jail Before Charges Thrown Out


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California officials released a man after he spent two years in prison for murder charges.

Officials charged David Andre Buchanan, 41, with murder after the death of Gustavo Fuentes in May 2019. However, new evidence presented in the case showed that he killed in self-defense. Instead, the court sentenced Buchanan to two years for a separate drug-related offense. He left Monday morning a free man.

According to The Mercury News, Buchanan shot Fuentes in self-defense. Fuentes robbed him at gunpoint, and Buchanan shot him around 3 a.m. May 15, 2019 near an elementary school. According to video surveillance, Fuentes stopped Buchanan in his van where the altercation took place. After being shot, Fuentes ran from the van, but ultimately collapsed from the fatal wound.