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Slaying called self-defense

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CLOVIS – An eastern New Mexico prosecutor says a grand jury has decided that a Texas man’s killing of a 73-year-old Curry County rancher last summer during a confrontation over farm land was self-defense.

District Attorney Andrea R. Reeb announced Friday that a grand jury concluded there wasn’t probable cause to charge 59-year-old David Brown of Friona, Texas, in the killing of Max Allen of Grady.

Sheriff’s deputies found the Allen’s body in front of his home last June. He had a single gunshot wound to his torso.

Reeb said the case is now closed.

Brown farmed land owned by Allen, and authorities said last summer there was an ongoing dispute about the property.

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