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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:58 PM

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.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/06/man-claims-self-defense-in-fatal-shooting-of-neighbor/

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CatWoman Jun 2012 OP
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2012 #1
freshwest Jun 2012 #2
Gold Metal Flake Jun 2012 #3
Gothmog Jun 2012 #4
TheCowsCameHome Jun 2012 #5
Logical Jun 2012 #6
spanone Jun 2012 #7
CatWoman Jun 2012 #9
11 Bravo Jun 2012 #10
Meiko Jun 2012 #8

Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:00 PM

1. seems like he videotaped it in anticipation of killing the neighbors.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:00 PM

2. That was PDQ. Can't say I feel sorry for the man, just his victim(s).

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:00 PM

3. Jury NOT baffled by bullshit.

And there ya go.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:02 PM

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.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:04 PM

5. He'll have 40 years to become familiar with the law

He should have read the fine print before he killed the other guy.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:08 PM

6. Every Concealed Carry Class tells you to use the word "scared" to cover your ass. Did...

not work for this idiot. Seemed to planned to me.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:15 PM

7. k&r...

hey CW...

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Response to spanone (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:26 PM

9. hi Span



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Response to CatWoman (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:56 PM

10. CW, I just stumbled across your post. Hope all is well with you ...

You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:21 PM

8. What an idiot

 

he needs to go to jail.

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