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Man mocks victim for his face deformity then fatally shoots him, police say

man mocks victim for his face defomity then fatally shoots him
Source: Ada County Sheriff's Office, Unsplash

Jan. 26 2022, Published 2:27 p.m. ET

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A 22-year-old Idaho man was being mocked for a facial deformity when he stood up to the man bullying him.

It ended with the victim being shot to death, police said.

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According to authorities, 31-year-old Jed Daniel Earls was mocking the appearance of 22-year-old James “Matt” Cuellar, who was born with a facial deformity, at a gathering at a home in Boise, Idaho.

According to the victim’s sister, Cuellar stood up for himself and told Earls to leave him alone, KTVB reported.

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However, that is when Earls pulled a gun out and shot Cuellar in the chest.

Cuellar was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police say. On Jan. 21, he died from his injuries.

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Earls was originally charged with aggravated battery, but his charges were upgraded to second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony after Cuellar died, officials said.

He was booked into the Ada County Jail.

man mocks victim for his face defomity then fatally shoots him
Source: Ada County Sheriff's Office, Unsplash
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