A Killeen man accused of killing his brother will not face criminal charges.

A Bell County grand jury declined to indict 56-year-old Horace Clarence Young Jr. on a charge of first-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the Oct. 17 shooting death of his younger brother, Clifton Young.

The shooting occurred outside a home in the 1600 block of Linda Lane in Killeen. According to an arrest affidavit, the men’s mother heard the two brothers arguing and went outside to break up the fight. At some point, she inadvertently was pushed to the ground, then heard a gunshot. The mother told police she heard Horace Young say, “I shot him, I shot him,” according to the affidavit.

A next-door neighbor also told police he heard the argument followed by a gunshot.

Clifton Young, 51, died less than an hour after the shooting at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

When police arrived at the scene, Horace Young told police he shot his brother with a handgun after his brother charged him, according to an arrest affidavit.

“The issue was self-defense,” Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said Wednesday.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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