Family claims San Antonio twin was forced to shoot his brother

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by Karen Grace and Kens5.com Staff

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Posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

A San Antonio family is standing unified in defense of a man who is accused of shooting his twin brother.

Wednesday morning in court 21-year-old Anthony McJunkin began to tell his story to a judge.

According to the family, McJunkin shot and killed his twin brother, Branden McJunkin, on August 31 out of fear for his life.

First reports said the twins were fighting over $20. But the family says Branden had mental problems and was on drugs the night of the shooting.

They said Branden was bipolar and was off his medication. Tracy McJunkin, the twins' mother, said Branden had attacked other family members before. She said in this case it was kill or be killed and Anthony was just defending himself.

The twins were the youngest of her nine children.

Now the family is pushing to try to get Anthony released.

"One minute you're mourning one, and then all of a sudden, before you know it, you're mourning the next one. So it's been a very tragic event in our life. We are dealing with it, and we are coping. And our family is very large, and we are standing together," said the twins' eldest sister.

Anthony McJunkin, who has been charged with murder, is currently being held on a $300,000 bond. Anthony's family is hoping that bond will be decreased.

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