Monday, December 28, 2009

Did He Stand His Ground In Self-Defense...

...or carefully choose his ground for an ambush?

Maurice Moorer shot and killed his ex-wife's new lover, then claimed self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law. Moorer shot the man 15 times while the man was seated in a car in front of Moorer's house; Moorer claimed the man made a movement as if he was going to draw a gun. Police did indeed find a gun, but buried in debris in the back seat of the car, out of the man's immediate reach.

So: self-defense or ambush? One of those tough calls for prosecutors and juries.

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