Orleans man guilty in Bedford drive-thru shooting

A jury has convicted a southern Indiana man of fatally shooting another man in a McDonald’s drive-thru lane last year.

A Lawrence County jury Monday found 23-year-old Evan Schaffer of Orleans guilty of murder, battery and firearms offenses in the April 2017 slaying of 25-year-old Justin Lampkins of Bloomington at the restaurant in Bedford. The Times-Mail reported Schaffer is due to be sentenced Sept. 18.

Schaffer’s attorney, David Shircliff, argued Schaffer shot Lampkins in self-defense after Lampkins shoved Schaffer back after exiting his truck with a baton, then choked Schaffer. He said witnesses testified Schaffer had the gun pointed downward until Lampkins drew back the baton, and then his client shot him once.

Prosecutor Michelle Woodward said Schaffer was looking for a fight after hearing a horn honk.

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