6.10.2011

Told You There Was A Different Feel To This Case

The jury rejected the self defense claim (the defendant said he thought he was about to be robbed) and found that he intentionally shot and killed the officer without justification. However, they had a reasonable doubt the defendant actually knew the victim was a police officer. So we have a Murder conviction instead of Capital Murder. Big difference.

Now the jury will have to set punishment anywhere from a maximum of life in prison to a minimum of probation (yep). If they had found him guilty of Capital Murder, the decision would have been either death or life in prison.

Edit with no research as I'm hauling manure dirt: The legislature changed the law to make probation not an option for murder. Everyone forgets this including me. I think the law took effect 9/1/09 or 9/1/07. It will be the law that was on the books on the day of this guy's crime which will control. I'll figure it out later. Back to hauling poop dirt. #IsThisFridayNight?:

Edit: The law took effect in 2007 so this guy is not eligible for probation. It'll take the media and the lawyers about 24 hours to figure this out.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

dude...you just took us into the weekend w/ prob your most boring post week to date...

Anonymous said...

Oh good. We get to pay for his room and board and medical expenses for the rest of his life. Life is good.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible the young Black man may have inadvertently had the TV or Radio up too loud to hear the POLICE knock and announce they'd like to have a word with him?

Anonymous said...

Homey in a suit ain't fooling anybody. Lucky he didn't get Capitol.

Anonymous said...

BG has anyone that you can find ever received just probation on a murder case? I can't understand how you could find that he didn't know it was the police but can at the same time find he wasn't defending himself against an unk intruder. Those two ideas seem contradictory me. He, by his own admission, says it was an unk person. The jury rejected that but then turn around and say there is reasonable doubt that the defendant didn't realize it was an officer. Whatever.

Anonymous said...

Looks like he'll miss the Juneteenth parade in Decatur. Robert was counting on him being set free.He was supposed to be on the float throwing watermelon seeds.

Anonymous said...

I'd believe that guy's self defense claim over any cop, any day.

Rage