Shooting investigation continues |

Shooting investigation continues

Gregory Crofton

County prosecutors are still investigating a case in which a 70-year-old says he was defending a woman when he shot his grandson in the back last month.

Joshua Stone said Monday from his bed in Washoe Medical Center that the shotgun blast has left him paralyzed from the waist down.

“There’s some feeling in my upper thighs. I can feel pressure, but the doctor says he doesn’t think I’ll ever walk again,” Stone, 27, of Champagne, Ill., said. “I’m trying not to think about the fact he’s free, it doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Stone said he wants to see his grandfather, David Bayless, prosecuted for attempted murder. El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said his office is working on the case.

“Everyone involved in the thing was extremely intoxicated,” he said. “Right now it’s going nowhere and we are not going to file any complaint. We need to determine if it was bona fide self-defense, if not we need to go forward with charges.”

The woman involved in the incident was not injured by Stone. She lives a few doors down from Bayless at the Tahoe Nugget Apartments on Pentagon Road.

Uthe said the woman gave “limited support” Stone was trying to harm her. Stone claims his grandfather shot him unprovoked, Uthe said.

Bayless was not at his apartment Monday afternoon. A neighbor said he has not seen Bayless for a while. Stone did not have a relationship with his grandfather until he arrived in South Lake Tahoe one day before he was shot.

“It was the first time I ever met him,” Stone said. “My mom hasn’t seen him in 41 years. There’s more added to the story too, there’s something else that happened since he shot me.”

Stone refused to say why he came to visit his grandfather or give any other information.

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