UPDATE: Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Charleston shooting

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Published: Jan. 27, 2017 at 8:36 PM EST
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UPDATE 5/17/17 @ 10:20 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to firing a fatal shot that killed his uncle's girlfriend in November 2015, attorneys in the case say.

Matthew Roohollani pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He received a year in prison, the maximum sentence, but he received credit for time served. That means he will not have to serve any more time.

Roohollani said he was "defending his family" in November 2015 when Andrena Smith came over to check on him -- just after his home on Charleston's East End had been hit in a drive-by shooting.

When Smith knocked on the front door, Roohollani fired shots that hit and killed her, police say.

Investigators say Roohollani had been drinking the night of the shooting.

"This was an absolute tragedy for everyone involved," defense attorney Jesse Forbes said. "Roohollahi obviously did not intend to kill the victim. Unfortunately in doing what he thought was trying to defend himself and his family from the person shooting at his house, he accidentally shot and killed the victim."

Assistant Prosecutor Maryclaire Akers said, "As I told the court, it was a unique case brought upon by defendant Jonathan Bush shooting at the Roohoolahi's house the night before and the night of the death of Adrena Smith."


UPDATE 2/8/17 @ 10:35 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of firing a fatal shot that killed his uncle's girlfriend will face trial in May.

Matthew Roohollani was back in court Wednesday for his arraignment. He was taken into custody last month after an indictment was handed down in his case, charging him with first-degree murder.

Roohollani said he was "defending his family" in November 2015 when Andrena Smith came over to check on him -- just after his home on Charleston's East End had been hit in a drive-by shooting.

When Smith knocked on the front door, Roohollani fired shots that hit and killed her, police say.


ORIGINAL STORY 1/27/17

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston man has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with a shooting that happened in November of 2015.

Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper confirms that Matthew Roohollani was indicted Friday by a grand jury in Kanawha County.

Roohollani was arrested at his home shortly after the indictment was handed down.

Roohollani admitted to firing the fatal shot that hit Andrena Smith, 22, of Charleston.

Smith, who lived next door, went to check on her neighbors after a drive-by-shooting aimed at Roohollani's home.

Jonathan Bush admitted firing the shots at the home shortly before Smith was killed and on two other occasions.

Bush told investigators that he had recently separated from Roohollani's sister who lived in the Lakin Street home with him. Bush said he felt threatened by Roohollani, so he was trying to scare him by firing at the home.

Investigators say a witness told them that shortly before the incident that happened the night of Smith's death, that he saw the suspect carrying a rifle with a mounted scope saying "he would be ready" if the suspected shooter, Bush, came back.

The witness, who police say went to Roohollani's home five to 10 minutes after the drive-by-shooting incident Tuesday, knocked on the door loudly and announced his presence to the defendant -- while standing off to the side. He told investigators that was because he knew that he'd just taken the rifle in his home and he feared Matthew would shoot him.

On the day he was arrested, Roohollani told WSAZ, "All I have to say is that I was defending my family. It's a tragedy. Andrena Smith was like my aunt. I loved her, and I just can't believe it."

Smith was dating Roohollani's uncle at the time of the incident.