Self Defense Shooting Takes Two Years to Get To Trial

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Self Defense Shooting Takes Two Years to Get To Trial
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Las Vegas, NV –-(Ammoland.com)- THV TV 11 CBS reports (6/25/2016) in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a jury concluded a 35-year-old Fayetteville man acted in self-defense when he killed a Jonesboro man outside of a nightclub in 2013.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that a Craighead County jury deliberated for three hours before finding the defendant innocent Friday in the shooting death of a threatening 22 year old outside of Club En'Vision.

The Prosecutor said the case was complicated because the shooters’ attorneys never denied their client shot the man, so the task for jurors was only to determine whether the defendant shot the man out of self-defense.

Prosecutors maintained at trial that the shooter pulled a gun out of his pocket and fired six shots when he saw the man get out of the car.

However six witnesses who testified for the defense claimed the shooter acted out of self-defense that night.

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Over two years to get to trial!

This clearly depends on the aggression level of the guy coming out of the car. Disparity of physical ability and distance also come into play. This is why we have juries to examine the details.

Are there circumstances wherein one can use deadly force against an (apparently) unarmed opponent? Of course, the devil is always in the details. If you are involved in a shooting, no matter how right you think you were, limit your discussion of the incident until you have a lawyer present.

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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  • 6 thoughts on “Self Defense Shooting Takes Two Years to Get To Trial

    1. you’ve been charged with a crime and arrested, jailed & forced to put up a bail bond. Bond is $25000 & prosecutor demands real estate as bond, not your cash as you’re a flight risk. Property must belong to another person, not you. Who’s going to do that for you except family, if they have property? Cops put you in a cell with their snitch who will try to get anything out of you to lighten the snitches sentence.This situation hangs over you for 1-3 years. You have several court appearances to make before the trial. Police have seized several guns & other property they deem important. Guarantee you after the not guilty verdict the cops will try every trick in their book to keep your seized property. They don’t care whether you’re guilty or not, they just want to drain you of all the money they can wring out of you.

    2. News story is in error, Juries do not fine you innocent, they find you Guilty or NOT Guilty.

      Everyone is presumed innocent.

      The Jonesboro Sun reports that a Craighead County jury deliberated for three hours before finding the defendant innocent Friday in the shooting death of a threatening 22 year old outside of Club En’Vision.

    3. The best idea is to take a class from someone who actually knows what he is talking about. Massad Ayoob’s MAG-40 is the best one out there. Saying NOTHING is not always the best idea. Pointing out evidence and witnesses can avoid them being lost or moved. Making it clear to police YOU are the victim who was attacked by a criminal (who made a poor choice in victim selection), is a must. The only way to defend a self defense shooting is what is called the “affirmative defense”. There IS such a thing as saying too much, OR TOO LITTLE. Know what to say, say what you must, THEN shut up.

    4. So true! We (innocent, law abiding individuals caught up in a terrible situation like this) want to tell our story to the police because we have been brought up to believe in the criminal justice system and in the police, so what do we have to fear? We are the good guys right? Good guys don’t need attorneys, only guilty people need attorneys, right? Well, everything you say, everything you do when the police arrive will be recorded, filmed, remembered and dissected in detail after the fact. The hardest thing for most of us to understand and follow is to immediately (and politely) identify yourself and then ASK TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY, then keep your mouth shut. Don’t agree to a search of yourself or your car or your home. Don’t accept their coffee or soft drink, ASK TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY! Don’t make statement, don’t answer questions, be polite, do what the police tell you to do, but keep your mouth shut and just ASK TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY! After 25 years working in the criminal justice system (in Corrections, Law Enforcement, and the Courts), please learn from my experience – ASK TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY! Hopefully enough said.

    5. “If you are involved in a shooting, no matter how right you think you were, limit your discussion of the incident until you have a lawyer present”

      “Limit” is an understatement. Except for identification, SAY NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, about the incident at all.

      SHUT UP AND LAWYER UP or you may end up in prison.

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