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Lawyer claims ‘obvious evidence of self-defense’ in ‘Patriot Rally’ shooting


The security guard charged with murdering a US Navy veteran at a Denver “Patriot Rally” is fighting to get out on bail — with his attorney insisting there is “obvious evidence of self-defense.”

Matthew Dolloff, 30, appeared in court Wednesday via video from jail, where he has been held since shooting 49-year-old Lee Keltner on Oct. 10 while being paid by KUSA-TV to protect its staffers.

Dolloff — who was allegedly an unlicensed guard at the time — is fighting to get his $500,000 bond reduced to give him a chance of being released as he awaits trial for second-degree murder.

As well as telling the judge about the self-defense argument, Dolloff’s public defender, Valerie Cole, complained that a number of filings in the case have yet to be addressed in court, with no details given, 9News said.

Judge Shelley Gilman said the motions had been filed too late and adjourned a decision on them as well as the bond amount for a hearing Friday.

Dolloff wore green scrubs and a surgical mask, answering “Yes, your honor” to questions from the judge about the legal process and his rights.

Matthew Dolloff
Matthew DolloffAP

He was busted immediately after the shooting that went viral with photos and video capturing the deadly confrontation with Keltner, who had used a can of pepper spray as he was shot.

While represented by a public defender in the case, Dolloff also has an attorney representing his family, Doug Richards, who also insisted it was clear self-defense.

“Matt put his life and now his liberty in between the now-deceased and the 9NEWS employee,” the attorney told 9News. “This was not a political assignment for Matt. This was simply Matt protecting your employee.”

With Post wires

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