Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cedrick Salter of Tampa Convicted of 1st Degree Murder


As in many trials there are two versions of what actually happened.

The prosecution described him pursuing her from room to room as she held one of their 18-month-old twins, then shooting her above the right eye with a 9mm semiautomatic.
The other one:

He declined to testify at his trial. But in a 90-minute videotaped statement to detectives, Salter said he had attempted to give his gun to Simon's mother as a peace gesture. Two male family members grabbed his arm, he said, and the gun went off twice, one shot striking Simon.

Salter sobbed while giving the statement. He denied Simon was holding a baby. At least one juror cried while watching the videotape this week. Salter's public defender, Greg Hill, said it was all a horrible accident.
It came out in the trial that there had been other incidents of domestic abuse.

He's facing life in prison now, maybe he should only have to do 5 years or so. What do you think?

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