Las Vegas Jury Acquits Man Of Murder In 2013 Shooting

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Las Vegas Jury Acquits Man Of Murder In 2013 Shooting

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports 07-02-18, Troy, and his 32 year old roommate Brandon were watching a football game on Sept. 5, 2013, at a home near Wigwam Avenue and Spencer Street here in Las Vegas.

Troy was trying to give Brandon some relationship advice. Brandon didn’t like it and a quarrel broke out.

Brandon, who had been drinking, became aggressive and hit Troy in the back of the head. Troy wrested himself away from Brandon and ran through his living room into the master bedroom. He had a Glock M19, 9mm handgun stored in the headboard.

Brandon then tried to choke Troy, who grabbed the gun and fired. The aggressor was shot 11 times and his body was found face-down in Troy’s bedroom.

Prosecutors said Brandon was hit in the back eight times. Troy only remembers firing two shots.

Since detectives questioned him in September 2013, Troy has said he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot his roommate.

A jury has now acquitted him of first-degree murder.

One of his attorneys, Monti Levy, said she was grateful to jurors. Troy declined to comment after the verdict was announced.

“I’m very thankful that the jury saw that Troy was defending himself,” said Levy, who pointed to the deceased criminal past, which included felony convictions.

Defense attorneys, including Monti Levy and Richard Wright, said twelve shots had been fired within three seconds.

Comments:

It is quite common for intended victims to fire more rounds than they thought under real threat to life stress. Study after study from Force Science (and others) show, if you are calm enough to count shots, probably you were not really in fear of dying in the next few seconds.

The victim here acted reasonably even with a disorienting impact to his head, to shoot when being choked out. If you lose your gun to an aggressor in a fight, he almost always shoots you with that gun.

A perfect self-defense case on the part of this victim!

This is similar to a case I did years ago for Richard Wright. Given a full budget, his firm is among the very best of the best in Nevada law firms.

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In my line of work, I find alcohol to be a major influencing factor in violent interpersonal relations and bad decisions in general.
To quote the movie Rooster Cogburn or True Grit (can’t remember exactly), “I will not invite the devil into my mouth to control my mind”.

tomcat
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This guy must have had a good lawyer to get an acquittal after shooting 8 times in the back. I would have to question self defence at that point.

watchdogman
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I bet the young man is glad you were not on the jury.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Tomcat, My client was so in fear for his life that he just kept pulling the trigger. He doesn’t know how many shots or which way the attempted murder was facing. My client will not be making a willing statement to the police or the press.

Alan
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Alan

A couple of points are seemingly raised by this story.

1. There are advantages to living alone.
2. Do not offer unsolicited advise.
3. Do not offer advise to people who have been drinking.

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

ESPECIALLY number 3 !!