Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:58 PM
CatWoman (69,903 posts)
Texas ‘stand your ground’ shooter headed to prison
A Houston man on trial for fatally shooting his neighbor says he was acting in self defense and his home video can prove it.
Rodriguez, a former firefighter, was recording his argument with neighbors, when he shot and killed Kelly Danaher, an elementary school teacher, and wounded two other people in May 2010. The 22-minute homemade video is the key to the trial, but what’s on the video might be in the eye of the beholder.
“This is a difficult defense to mount,” says Dana Cole, legal analyst and defense attorney. “He had no injury, he brought a gun to a noise complaint, and it appeared he was escalating it, by baiting the party-goers.”
It was after midnight when Rodriguez, complaining to police over the phone that the music was too loud, walked up to Danaher’s driveway with a flashlight and gun.
On the video, Rodriguez can be heard talking to a 911 operator, saying, “I’m running the video camera right now and I’m talking to you and I mean, I’m scared to death here.”
In the unfolding confrontation between Rodriguez and several unidentified men, one yells, “Tell you what, pal, you just pulled a gun on the wrong , OK?”
When one of the party-goers saw Rodriguez’s gun, he suggested he is getting his own. “When I go in that house and come back,” he warned, “don’t think I won’t be equal to you, baby.”
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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:02 PM
Gothmog (15,941 posts)
4. This guy was an idiot
They played a decent amount of the tape on local news. It was clear that this idiot thought that he had an absolute defense under the stand your ground rules. This guy was simply too stupid to understand that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and that his "legal" opinion on this issue was wrong.