John the Merchant takes offense, and soon voices have been raised, colorful expletives are exchanged, and fingers have been poked in each other’s chest, with increasing aggression.
When he entered the dwelling, making threats, Mrs. Livesay fired a warning shot into the wall. This was apparently a bit too subtle of a hint to Mr. Livesay, at which point he shoved her against a wall and Mrs. Livesay either by accident (her claim) or on purpose (the prosecutor’s claim) shot and killed him.
(Contrary to what might at first be assumed, “dangerous weapon” in the legal sense of that phrase does not necessarily include firearms, but can include pottery.
The second circumstance is death by “chance-medley” which sounds like someone randomly hitting buttons on a jukebox, but isn’t.