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Video in slaying captures sound of gunshot

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A single gunshot can be heard on a handheld video that helped persuade Mesa County prosecutors not to file charges in a fatal shooting.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Tuesday it obtained the video from the sheriff's department under the Colorado Open Records Act.

The video doesn't show the shooting because it was apparently in someone's pocket.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger has said he wouldn't charge Joseph Hoskins in the Jan. 1 shooting of Randy Cook because of Colorado's "Make My Day" law.

The law protects an occupant of a home from prosecution for using deadly force if someone illegally enters and there's reason to believe crimes will be committed.

Hautzinger says the video was crucial to the investigation because it shows Cook twice entering Hoskins' house uninvited.

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