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I-Team: Shooting victim fears no justice

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Brittany O'Dale at the hospital. Brittany O'Dale at the hospital.
The night of the shooting. The night of the shooting.

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas man charged with the 2007 shooting of a bachelorette in front of a Las Vegas Strip casino is trying an unusual defense.

Robert Jackson's attorneys are trying to get attempted murder charges dropped, claiming prosecutors took too long in the case. Prosecutors and the shooting victim say Jackson was a fugitive nearly four years.

The 2007 shooting in front of O'Shea's casino gained nationwide attention when U.S. Marshals put suspect Robert Jackson on their Most Wanted fugitive list.

On Wednesday, Jackson stood in court with his attorney claiming charges should be dropped because it took too long for prosecutors to file charges. Jackson, who faces attempted murder charges, has been free since the shooting.

Police say Jackson shot at rival gang members in front of O'Shea's casino in Aug. 2007. Bullets hit four people including bachelorette Brittany O'Dale shattering her leg. Surveillance video and witness testimony lead police on a manhunt for Jackson. He was even profiled on "America's Most Wanted."

Police found and arrested Jackson in Chicago in 2011. Police say Jackson tried to pass himself off as a "Sovereign Citizen" claiming he was independent of the law.

Jackson pleaded not guilty. His defense attorneys got several trial postponements. Each postponement resulted in Jackson's bail being decreased from $500,000 to $250,000 to house arrest and then to nothing at all.

Jackson fathered two children and started a rap music career. His defense attorney now claims prosecutors made a critical mistake. The alleged mistake was filing a second indictment in 2011, four years after the shooting. Jackson's attorney says that violates the legal time limit called the "statute of limitations."

Jackson claims he didn't know there was a four year-long nationwide manhunt for him so he shouldn't be considered a fugitive.

"It just seems like another delay tactic," said O'Dale who lives in California. "We were in discussion of potentially accepting a plea deal of guilty for one of the counts of attempted murder. I was expecting all sorts of closure this week."

For years, the only thing keeping O'Dale's shattered leg together was a metal rod. A few days ago, that rod was removed in the hope to allow O'Dale to walk without pain. She says she has waited for years for justice that may never happen.

Next month, a judge will decide on Jackson's attempt to get the case against him thrown out.

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