It was as if he’d woken from a three-year long nightmare.

The day his lawyer called him to say that a Cullman County judge had ruled in his favor regarding a stand-your-ground hearing was a day that Don Malone had been dreaming about.

It finally came a few weeks ago.

Malone, 60, of the New Canaan community just south of Arab had been charged in the shooting death of Joshua Adam White, 35.

The shooting happened on Monday, July 16, 2018.

Circuit Judge Gregory Nicholas dismissed the charges under Alabama’s “stand your ground” law.

“It’s the best news I’d heard in a long, long time,” Malone told the Tribune. “It’s a very big weight off of us. As far as being normal, I don’t things will ever be the way they were before. This has really taken a toll on our family.”

Malone was actually arrested twice. He was charged with manslaughter before the charges were changed to murder.

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