PANAMA CITY-- The man charge with Justin Ayers' shooting, he made his latest court appearance Wednesday afternoon, for a bond hearing. 62 year old Charles Shisler has had previous run-ins with the law. One of his new charges is felon in possession of a firearm.
Bay County Sheriff's investigators say Shisler shot and killed 33 year old Steven Justin Ayers around 6:00 Tuesday night at his Michigan Court home. They say Shisler was standing in his yard, behind the Ayers' home when he fired the fatal shot from a 9 millimeter handgun. Sheriff's Deputies say shisler initially denied the shooting.
"I believe he said that he fired a firecracker off, an M-80," said Major Tommy Ford, Bay County Sheriff's Office. Apparently, it's not the first time Shisler's used that story. The last time was March 30th, 2014.
Ford said, "A neighbor indicated that they heard gun shots from Mr. Shisler residence. Deputies responded to that residence encountered Mr. Shisler; he did not have a gun. He gave a statement to deputies indicating he had fired fireworks."
It became illegal for Shisler to possess a gun in 2006, when he was arrested and convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, but Ford says deputies were not able to prove Shisler violated that law in March.
"Obviously if we would have been presented the situation where he was possession of a gun being a felon and the deputy was able to see him in possession of a firearm he could have been arrested," said Ford.
For now Shisler is charged with manslaughter and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. However, Ford says he could face more charges like intoxication while firing a firearm and possibly tampering with evidence.
Investigators say Shisler finally admitted to firing the 9 millimeter handgun that killed Ayers, saying the trigger was stuck and he didn't think it would fire.
Bay County Judge Timothy Campbell set his bond at $175,000 on the two current charges. He's still in the Bay County jail.