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Driver acted in self-defense in fatal road-rage shooting, lawyer says

Angelo Bennett displays gash top his head thhe says he received while acting self-defense when he shot killed man road

Angelo Bennett displays a gash on the top of his head that he says he received while acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a man in a road rage incident.

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Updated: July 2, 2013 8:06AM

A Lake View man acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a Far South Side gentleman’s club manager and injured the man’s fiancee in a road rage incident over the weekend, the alleged gunman’s lawyer argued Friday.

Angelo Bennett was grabbed in a headlock, choked and hit so hard he ended up with a gaping gash on top of his head, defense attorney John Miraglia said.

Charles E. Jones “initiated the violence” following a minor accident in Goose Island, Miraglia said after Bennett, 24, was ordered held without bail.

Jones was so irritated his Maserati was damaged he “assailed my client. He split his head open,” Miraglia told Cook County Judge Israel Desierto.

But prosecutors said it was Bennett who let the best of temper get him and shot 42-year-old Jones twice in the head before aiming for Jones’ fiancee as she tried to flee in the luxury vehicle in the 1000 block of North Branch.

The 44-year-old woman, who was shot in the back, still has a bullet lodged in her vertebrae, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

Bennett’s friend even refused to get back into Bennett’s Buick LaCrosse following the shootings, Santini said. He allegedly walked away while Bennett drove off with his weapon.

After Friday’s bond hearing, Bennett’s sister Alexandra Elias chastised the media for portraying her brother as an “animal” and told reporters he was a “good kid” full of charm and humor.

Bennett, of the 4300 block of North Ashland, turned himself in to police Wednesday.

He is charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

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