Two men involved in a June 7 shooting incident in Viola face October trial dates and neither is happy about it.
Rodney Kankey, 49, who is charged with the illegal possession of a firearm, appeared at an Aug. 11 District Court hearing.
Steve Henderson, 26, of Yellville, who was shot during a confrontation with Kankey, is charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and possession of tear gas. He pleaded not guilty during the court hearing.
Both are scheduled for trial on Oct. 27.
During his hearing, Kankey protested the charge against him and asked Judge Jim Short, "Why is it illegal for me to defend myself? I have the right under the constitution."
Judge Short told Kankey the charge of possessing a firearm is separate from the shooting incident.
Kankey was forbidden to own firearms after a January 2007 incident in which he threatened to shoot police officers who were investigating complaints against him.
Steve Henderson's case was called immediately after Kankey's was heard.
As he walked toward the bench, Henderson shouted, "That man tried to kill me. That's all you are charging him with?"
As he did with Kankey, Judge Short informed Henderson the charges he faces are separate from the shooting incident.
When Henderson was also given an Oct. 27 trial date, Henderson requested a different trial date than Kankey's.
Judge Short indicated both trials should be held on the same day since both men would, likely, be called to testify at both trials.
Henderson responded, "This don't make no sense. He's going around trying to kill somebody and he is not charged with nothing. He should be charged hard."
Judge Short responded that he "doesn't do charges," that is up to the prosecutor. He "does trials."
According to Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Kankey and Henderson crossed paths in the early morning hours of June 7.
Kankey and his family were unloading horses they had purchased when a vehicle drove past their barn at a high rate of speed. Kankey told police he yelled at the vehicle to slow down because it had spooked the horses.
Dillinger said the vehicle stopped and Kankey and two men in the vehicle exchanged words.
The vehicle left but later returned and Kankey told investigators he fired a shot when a man approached him with his hand behind his back.
Steve Henderson was struck in the leg.
According to Prosecutor Dwayne Plumlee, charges directly related to fault in the shooting were not filed because Kankey and Henderson both blamed each other for the confrontation.
Sheriff's Deputies were in the courtroom during the hearing and both men were warned to settle down as their anger grew during appearances before the judge.