Accused parking lot shooter appears in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Accused parking lot shooter appears in court

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A man accused of killing another man over a parking space in Cordova appeared in court Monday.

Ray Coleman is accused of killing Dutch Schwerin during a fight over a parking spot at the Trinity Commons Shopping Center in Cordova earlier this month.

Coleman talked with his high-profile attorneys, Leslie Ballin and Steve Farese, after he left the courtroom Monday.  Ballin and Farese are working together again for the first time since the Mary Winkler trial.

According to the police report filed in the case, during the fight, Coleman went to his Hummer and got a handgun out.  The report goes on to say Coleman walked back to where Schwerin was standing, and shot him in the chest.  Coleman then stayed on the scene until police arrived.

Ballin said they've talked to witnesses who say Coleman was not the aggressor in the volatile argument.

"It's a situation that's weighing heavily on Mr. Coleman," Ballin said. "He's feeling remorse, but at the same time, I'm convinced this was a self defense situation and in defense of his wife."

Friends of Dutch Schwerin, who died from the shooting, showed up to support him.  Schwerin was a father of three children and a lead FedEx mechanic.
"What happened was totally uncalled for," family friend Ron Ray said. "Dutch never deserved that.  Especially those three children.  Never deserved that at all."

Schwerin's wife died of a medical complication several years ago, and he was raising his children on his own.  Schwerin's family said they've been advised not to talk about the case.

Days after the shooting Schwerin's children Action News 5 their father was a good man and loving father.

"He was always sharing whatever he had with everybody," his son, Colt Schwerin, said.

Coleman's next court date is scheduled to be on March 6th.

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