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No charges filed in Sandpoint homicide

Sat., May 25, 2013, 2:32 p.m.

Charges will not be filed against a Sandpoint man who killed his father-in-law during a fight in February, Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney Louis Marshall said Friday.

Anthony Viola, 35, acted in self-defense when he killed Alberto Tuinzing, 36, of Spokane Valley in his garage on Feb. 6, Marshall concluded. A news release from the attorney’s office said the two men were playing darts and began fighting when Tuinzing pulled out a handgun and shot Viola in the arm. Viola responded by stabbing Tuinzing with a pair of scissors and striking Tuinzing’s head repeatedly against the concrete floor. Both men were taken to the hospital. An autopsy listed brain hemorrhaging as Tuinzing’s cause of death.

The release said the two may have met for the first time when the fight occurred. An investigation showed Viola and his wife, Amy, may have objected to Tuinzing’s marriage to Rebekah Gonzales, also of Spokane Valley.

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