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GreenStormCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-11 09:34 AM
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5. I used the word "credible" as a shorthand for the standard legal definition.
For the shooting to be self-defense the defender must show that the attacker had:

MEANS, the attacker had the ability inflicting death or grievous bodily harm

OPPORTUNITY The attacker had an immediate chance to inflict death or grievous bodily harm

MOTIVE The attacker had a desire to inflict death or grievous bodily harm

DEMONSTRATION OF INTENT The attacker did something to indicate that a violent attack was imminent.

All of the above is subject to the "reasonable man" standard. The District Attorney, Judge, Grand Jury, and possible a regular jury decide if it was reasonable.

BTW - Horn did not merely think the two guys were burglars. He observed them in the act.
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