Grand jury clears Houma man in shooting death in July; finds he acted in self-defense


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THIBODAUX, Louisiana — A Terrebonne Parish grand jury has found that a Houma man acted in self-defense when he killed a man knocking on his neighbor's door in July, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors told the Daily Comet ( ) that the grand jury found that Ray Carlos, who had been charged with second-degree murder, acted in self-defense when he shot James Rube, 29, of Gray, on July 6.

Houma police got a call from Rube's ex-girlfriend, Nikki Frickey, saying Rube was causing a disturbance at her home. Around 3 a.m., Rube banged on Frickey's door, breaking a window and waking up Carlos.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Dagate said Carlos then went outside with a gun and yelled, "Who's there?"

Carlos told police Rube began yelling and cursing at him before raising his hands, leading Carlos to believe he had a gun, Dagate said. Carlos reported the shooting at 3:15 a.m.

Upon his death, Rube had a blood alcohol content of .158, just under twice the legal limit, Dagate said.

"We're not going to pursue any further charges in light of the grand jury's decision," Dagate said. He added that prosecutors were not looking for additional evidence to continue the case.

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