Cops: Mass. Man Shoots Neighbor In Leaf-dump Fight

A man pleaded not guilty to armed assault with intent to murder after police said he shot his neighbor over a leaf-dumping dispute. Christopher Leonard was released Monday on $20,000 bail following his arraignment in Quincy District Court. Police said the 38-year-old shot his neighbor John Rota in the stomach Friday when they got into an argument over the disposal of leaves near their Randolph homes.

Authorities said Rota was taken to Boston Medical Center and later released.

Rota told police that Leonard always carried his gun, even when cutting the lawn or playing with the kids in the yard.

Norfolk County District Attorney's Office said Leonard is moving out of the Randolph home.

It was unclear if Leonard had hired an attorney.


Information from: The Enterprise,