Leonard Bond pleads not guilty in shooting death of Mario Wilson at Indianapolis Denny's restaurant

Bond claims self-defense

INDIANAPOLIS - A man charged with shooting and killing another man at a Indianapolis Denny's restaurant has pleaded not guilty.

Leonard Bond, 26, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Mario Wilson, 46, at the restaurant at 8808 N. Michigan Road just before 6 a.m. Saturday.

Witnesses said the men, who were with separate groups, got into an argument inside the Denny's when Bond began to cause a scene.

After Wilson tried to defuse the situation, Bond left, but began banging on the window, telling Wilson to come outside, police said.

When Bond started coming back inside, Wilson met him at the door, and Bond opened fire, shooting Wilson three times, police said.

Bond said in court Tuesday that he was acting in self-defense.

Wilson, who was at the restaurant with his fiancée and two friends, was a 22-year Army veteran.

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