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William Roy Thietje Charged In Friend's Shooting Death In California - And He Didn't Shoot Anyone

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WILLIAM ROY THIETJE
William Roy Thietje in court on Wednesday. | Redding.com

REDDING, Calif. -- A 28-year-old Northern California man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his friend, even though he didn't pull the trigger.

Authorities say William Roy Thietje of Redding had repeatedly rammed his van into an ex-girlfriend's car early Sunday when another man fired at the vehicle to stop Thietje from running over a neighbor.

The bullet hit Thietje's friend, 28-year-old Beau Ray Halbert of Redding, who was riding in the passenger seat.

Authorities identified the man who fatally shot Halbert as Michael Lansdowne, who owns the home that Thietje's former girlfriend was visiting. Lansdowne is not charged with a crime.

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