Defense: Manchester restaurant manager didn’t mean to kill cook

Leanne Robitaille and James Goolsby.

HARTFORD — A Manchester restaurant manager charged with fatally shooting a cook during an argument about a negative Yelp review says the killing wasn’t intentional.

James Goolsby is charged with murder in the Dec. 30 killing of Norris Jackson, who was shot four times inside the Bonchon Chicken restaurant in Manchester.

Another cook at the restaurant testified Tuesday that Jackson came to his defense when Goolsby got upset about a negative online review of the restaurant.

The cook said Jackson appeared ready to fight but did not actually touch Goolsby before Goolsby opened fire.

The Journal Inquirer reports that Goolsby’s attorney acknowledged his client was shooter, but said he did not intend to kill Jackson. Goolsby said in a written statement that “everything got out of control.”

Goolsby’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Leanne Robitaille, has also been charged in connection with the shooting.

Robitaille applied for an accelerated rehabilitation program back in April after being charged with hindering prosecution.

Prosecutors say she helped her boyfriend flee from the scene of the deadly shooting.