Murder and attempted murder charges dropped in deadly Coarsegold shooting
MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (FOX26 NEWS) —
The Madera County District Attorney has decided to not file charges against the man accused of shooting and killing 41-year-old Ryan Prosser.
The D.A. says after a careful review of current evidence it has been determined that murder and attempted murder charges against 25-year-old Jacob Burdett will not be filed at this time.
On March 30, 2018, shortly before 7:30 pm, Madera County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Road 416 and Robin Hood Drive in Coarsegold in regards to a disturbance.
According to witnesses, there was some type of altercation involving two vehicles traveling on Little John Drive.
Here's a statement from the family about what happened that night:
Sunday, April 1, 2018: At about 7:30pm on Friday four people in a dark blue sedan used their vehicle as a blockade to prevent Mrs Burdett from gaining access to her home. A woman emerged from the sedan screaming obscenities and threatening to kill Mrs. Burdett. Mrs. Burdett, who had her seven month old in the vehicle, fearing for their lives decided not to stop and proceeded to drive around the blockade before the other occupants emerged. The woman, identified as Mr. Burdetts mother, returned to her vehicle and took chase, using the sedan to run Mrs. Burdetts vehicle off the road next to her residence on a county road. Mr. Burdett was contacted by his wife during the pursuit and he quickly called the police to intervene. Mr. and Mrs. Burdett had recently obtained custody of his 9 year old sister, Ms Kerber, with prior criminal history in four separate States, the mother of the child was attempting to take the child by force along with three other assailants. Unknown to Ms Kerber her daughter was not present at the time of the incident. Mr. Burdett who only a few hours earlier had been discharged from out patient surgery, approached the hostile party surrounding his wife and child. After seeing the group was unarmed, Mr. Burdett placed his rifle down by a bush and continued toward them while continuing to correspond with local law enforcement on the phone. He attempted to reason with the hostile party and was then struck by Mr. Prosser who had exited the sedan. Mr. Burdetts mother began to assault her son along with her boyfriend Mr. Prosser. Mr. Prosser obtained possession of the rifle after spotting it in the bush and threatened them with it. As the situation escalated Mr. Burdett placed himself between his wife and Mr. Prosser who was holding the rifle and aiming it at them, using his wife's handgun he defended himself against the threat on their lives. Mrs. Burdett commented after the ordeal "I was so afraid for my life at the time of the attack and I'm so grateful my husband was there to protect us, I thought my children were going to grow up without a mother and father for a moment there.
The Madera County Sheriff's Office says charges may be sought in the future as more information and evidence becomes available, including autopsy results.