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Shooting ruled self-defense, no charges filed

Originally ran here as:
"Police file no charges in Grand Bay shooting"
by Ron Colquitt, Staff Writer
Mobile Register
December 27, 2001

MOBILE, ALABAMA -- Mobile police believe the Grand Bay man who was shot Christmas Eve and died Christmas day at Providence Hospital was killed in self-defense by his half brother.

Frank David Pritchard Jr., 36, was shot by Ronald Wheeler Ohlinger, 28, during a domestic argument Monday night, police said.

The shooting occurred at a mobile home in the 8800 block of Jeff Hamilton Road in south Mobile County, within the Mobile police jurisdiction.

Cpl. John Goodwin, a Mobile police spokesman, said no charges were filed against Ohlinger who lives at the home where Pritchard was shot.

Ohlinger is the slain mans half brother, according to family members.

The shooting remained under investigation Wednesday and will be reviewed by a grand jury, Goodwin said.

He was loved and cherished, and when he walked into a room, he lit up the room, he had a glow about him, said Cindy Pritchard, the dead mans sister-in-law. Looking into his blue eyes was like looking into a sea.

Cindy Pritchard said her brother-in-law had worked at United Scaffolding in south Mobile County. He had attended Theodore High School.

He would give you the shirt off his back and food off his plate, she said.

Frank Pritchards hobbies included riding motorcycles, hunting and fishing, his sister-in-law said. He especially enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, she said.

Pritchards slaying was the 45th homicide so far this year in Mobile. There were 20 homicides last year.

Serenity Funeral Home on Old Pascagoula Road in south Mobile is handling the funeral arrangements.

Pritchards survivors include his wife, Marie Murrill Pritchard of Grand Bay; three daughters, Ashley Murrill of Grand Bay, Amanda Carpenter and Angela Pritchard Carpenter of Mobile; two sons, Frank David Murrill and Scott Murrill, both of Grand Bay; his parents, Margie Johns and Frank David Pritchard Sr., both of Mobile; a sister, Sherry Pritchard of Huntsville, two brothers, Stacy Pritchard of Grand Bay and Ronald Wheeler Ohlinger of Mobile; and other relatives.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens.

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