Armed Self Defense in Schoool: Student Who Stabbed Bully Not Guilty

By Dean Weingartendonte-crawford-ananias-jolley

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- On September 30, 2016, 18 year old, Donte Crawford, was found not guilty by reason of self defense in the death of another student, Ananias Jolley.  Crawford stabbed Jolley in a confrontation at school. The fight occurred on 24 November, 2015 at the Renaissance Academy in Baltimore. Jolley died a month later.

Donte Crawford had managed to smuggle a pocket knife into the school, in violation of school rules. Charges included “Possession of a deadly weapon with intent to commit injury.” From wbaltv.com:

Donte Crawford, 18, was charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder and carrying a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing of a classmate at Renaissance Academy on Nov. 24. Ananias Jolley, 17, died at Shock Trauma almost a month after the stabbing.

Witnesses said a fight that led to a stabbing in a biology lab started quickly and ended in seconds.

Crawford took the stand in his own defense, trying to explain to jurors what happened. In closing arguments, prosecutor Bethany Durand claimed Crawford brought a pocket knife to school on a mission to harm another student.

From the testimony at trial, it appears that Crawford initiated the confrontation.  He knocked Jolly down, and managed to get on top of him, stabbing him at least twice to the chest. Jolley's heart suffered at least two cuts. From the baltimoresun.com:

An autopsy showed Jolley was stabbed once in the left chest and that the left ventricle of his heart was cut, Durand said. He was then stabbed another time in the heart. He also had cuts on his right arm and hand.

Crawford was new to the school and had no support group, making him an easy target for bullying.  Witnesses said he had been bullied and beat upon for months.

The school is only 1 mile from where Fredy Grey was arrested for possession of a common pocket knife. Maybe the national media attention educated people on Maryland knife laws.

Little has been said about the knife.  It has been described as a “pocket knife” and a “pen knife”. I have not been able to find any pictures of the knife.

In the Old West, juries had a liberal view of self defense.  If two young men had been in altercations, had called each other names and made threats, if they got into a deadly fight, the death was usually ruled as self defense, no matter who initiated the immediate confrontation. This case indicates that juries may be returning to that point of view.

The bad neighborhoods of Baltimore and the Old West have something in common: the rule of law is unreliable.  In the Old West the law was often distant and unavailable.  In Baltimore, it is the Ferguson effect, where police are unwilling to risk life, job, and pension with a political system that demonizes them.  In the Old West and in the bad neighborhoods of Baltimore, people depend on their wits and weapons to survive.

Maybe the Jury recognized that.

You cannot survive the trial if you do not survive the fight.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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ft
4 years ago

Many people carry knives for self defense and only take them out if threatened. This includes many First Responders who don’t want to carry guns. Many retired cops carry knives. Most street people carry knives. Even women. Doesn’t mean they have illegal intent to harm anyone but feel threatened at times by today’s society. I am a senior who has had many years of self defense training as an instructor and I carry a knife all the time and know how to use it better than most, having been trained in a few knife defense classes as well as a… Read more »

David G
David G
4 years ago

Only a sociopath wouldn’t sympathize with the defendant here.

As a matter of law, if this was the latest in a months-long string of altercations, this is in effect one very long confrontation ending in an act of necessary self defense.

A system that could not defend his liberty is not qualified to judge whether his own assessment of reasonable measures in self-defense was indeed reasonable.

eaglesnester
eaglesnester
4 years ago

The school authorities should be charged for failure to act when a dangerous situation was clearly evident. At the vary least the school board, the teacher involved and the principle should be sued for their failure to mediate the situation.

freewill
freewill
4 years ago

in the old west if two men got into an argument and it turned deadly, if the person that started it did the killin, he got the rope, nobody was liberal, they didnt tolerate crime like they do now!!!

Tionico
Tionico
4 years ago

My guess is that the dead kid was the ringleader amongst a group of others who had been bullying and harrassing the victim for some time. Even a pocket knife would be no match for a gang of punk toughs. I’m also quite certain the incident in the lab was not isolated, but was the final straw in an extended period of continued harrrassment that same day, perhaps also including serious threats against the New Kid, perhaps to be carried out on the way home after school. We don’t know from the article how often the New Kid had brought… Read more »

Peter
Peter
4 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

AMEN!!!

L.T.D.(lazy TRUCK DRIVER)
L.T.D.(lazy TRUCK DRIVER)
4 years ago

I feel sorry for the bullied “””CHA NAD”””( POLISH FOR NEGRO) BUT!!! PAR FOR THE COURSE!!! OUR SCHOOLS ARE BABY SITTERS TIL ITS TIME FOR THEM TO GO HOME. TEACHERS CAN’T TOUCH A STUDENT W/O FEAR OF LOSEING THEY’RE JOB & PENSON. WATCH FOR HIS NAME TO SHOW UP AS A VICTIM OF “”STREET CRIME”” AT A LATER DATE. THEN THEY STILL COME OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL( if they go that far) **DUMBER THAN A BOX OF ROCKS**!! OUR WHOLE SYSTEM NEEDS TO START FROM SCRATCH. TOOOOOO MUCH **P.C.** FOR TOOOO LONG!!!

SuperG
SuperG
4 years ago

It’s just a matter of time before Crawford is up on another felon. The gang neck tattoo is the giveaway.

Ol' Vet
Ol' Vet
4 years ago

Take a look at each of those fellas in their pictures. Which one looks like a thug? In this case you can tell who the thug is and what he and others drove him to do.

Jeremy
Jeremy
4 years ago

I applaud the young man. He was repeatedly bullied. Where were the school authorities who were supposed to protect him in that “weapon free” environment? It was a place that not only did he have a right to be, but the law required him to be there. For those that argue he broke the law carrying the knife to school, I remind you of the 2nd Amendment, which negates any law of the sort. To those that argue how he initiated the confrontation, I remind you that he was repeatedly bullied by the individual he stabbed. Bullies usually wait until… Read more »

durabo
durabo
4 years ago

Let us hope that this adult feral N who survived is prosecuted for having carried a weapon into school, unless George Orwell’s concept is applied to him (‘Al;; animals are equal, but some animals are MORE EQUAL than others”) After all, this IS Baltimore…

Pistol Pete
Pistol Pete
4 years ago
Reply to  durabo

If you had been bullied and beaten for months what would do? I have been carrying a pocket knife since I was 5 years old and have never cut anyone that did not deserve to be cut. In Crawford’s position I would have done the same thing, Ananias Jolley got what he deserved for trying to be a bully and bad guy ( turned out not to be much of a bad guy ) and I hope he is not prosecuted for defending his life and have a pocket knife.

Fergus
Fergus
4 years ago
Reply to  Pistol Pete

So tell us how many people have you cut and how many have you killed?

From what has been written this was a planned and coldly calculated murder. Since you approve I believe it is clear what your morality and character is.

Jeremy
Jeremy
4 years ago
Reply to  durabo

Race isn’t a factor, and you should think a little more before commenting so you don’t sound like an idiot.

Don Bailey
Don Bailey
4 years ago
Reply to  durabo

@durabo, Your racist response is not appropriate. Donte Crawford was still a kid when this incident occured, and had suffered much abuse from bullying and physical assault from the students at the school he had recently moved to. Where were the teachers and administrators prior to this incident that led up to this kid having to settle the problem for himself? This kid will have to deal with having taken a human life for the rest of his life despite the fact that you seem to think that this is just something that is no big deal for someone of… Read more »

James F Brown
James F Brown
4 years ago
Reply to  durabo

God almighty, the stupidity and ignorance run deep in durabo.