Man said shooting was self-defense
CHARLESTON — A Vermont man accused of shooting another man at a party says he believed his life was in danger and he fired in self-defense.
Lee Sykes of North Troy was arraigned Monday in Orleans County criminal court. A judge ordered him held on $50,000 bail after accepting his not guilty plea to one count of aggravated assault with a weapon.
The 24-year-old Sykes said he told police he and Eric Baker argued after Sykes threw a bottle cap into the back of Baker’s pickup in Charleston on Sunday. The argument turned physical.
The Caledonian-Record reported tjat one bullet hit Baker in the hip. Sykes also was treated for injuries to his face and hand.