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DA: Reservist Shooting Case Merits Special Prosecutor

Posted June 6, 2007

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— Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis has asked the state Attorney General's Office to appoint a special prosecutor to handle a case involving a former Fayetteville City Council member.

Steve Satisky, 59, was indicted in April on attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charges in connection with the Oct. 16 shooting of Cpl. John Lake III.

Satisky, who served on the City Council in the 1970s and was on the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at the time of the shooting, maintains he shot Lake in self-defense.

Prosecutors said Lake had been drinking when he got out of a cab outside a sports bar on Bragg Boulevard and jumped into the back of Satisky's car. Satisky and a woman were in the front seat, and he shot Lake in the head after the reservist refused to get out, prosecutors said.

Lake, an Iraq War veteran, remains in a coma at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Neither Grannis not the Attorney General's Office would provide a reason for appointing a special prosecutor to handle the case.

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  • 68_polara Jun 7, 2007

    I feel really bad for this young man. He was probably a really good person and I'm sure this poor guy was not him self because of the alcohol. Unfortunately though actions have consequences even when you are drunk.

  • billybob72 Jun 7, 2007

    I think this depends on the level Satisky was assaulted. If he was being beaten badly and shooting was the only way to end it, it is self defense, but maybe should have shot him in the leg or stomach, not the head. If he could have gotten away, that is a tough call. Very tragic for the Marine, he just may have had a bad night and drank too much and made a very bad decision here.

  • Tax Man Jun 6, 2007

    I went back an read the old files on this:
    1. Satisky did have a permit to carry a concealed weapon
    2. Satisky had been a deputy sheriff in the past
    3. Satisky and his passenger did NOT know Lake
    4. Lake refused to leave the back seat of the car and assaulted Satisky when Satisky opened the car door and ordered him to leave
    I would expect the defense to prevail here - Lake was intoxicated, assaultive, trespassing and refused to cooperate or leave - it was 12:30 am in a bar parking lot - Satisky could easily have feared for his life or felt the threat to him and his passenger of great bodily harm.
    The special prosecutor should review the evidence and may even dismiss the charges.

  • Tax Man Jun 6, 2007

    If the prosecutors are saying they believe Lake got into the car and refused to leave and Satisky felt threatened, then why are they prosecuting him? Sounds like self defense to me. Did Satisky have a concealed carry permit? Did they know each other, or was Lake a stranger? Was the woman in any way related to or known by Lake? Lots of questions about this, but if someone I did not know, got into my back seat and I had my wife or kids in the car and the person refused to leave immediately I would kill them also.

  • none123 Jun 6, 2007

    "Prosecutors said Lake had been drinking when he got out of a cab outside a sports bar on Bragg Boulevard and jumped into the back of Satisky's car. Satisky and a woman were in the front seat, and he shot Lake in the head after the reservist refused to get out, prosecutors said."

    Sounds like an open and shut case of self defense.