Friday, June 8, 2012

Stand Your Ground Killer Claims Self Defense

ABC reports on the trial

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A Houston man on trial for fatally shooting his neighbor says he was acting in self defense and his home video can prove it.

Rodriguez, a former firefighter, was recording his argument with neighbors, when he shot and killed Kelly Danaher, an elementary school teacher, and wounded two other people in May 2010. The 22-minute homemade video is the key to the trial, but what’s on the video might be in the eye of the beholder.
What's your opinion? Does his claim of having acted in self-defense sound reasonable?

Haven't we seen a few of these lately, where the gun owner aggressively presses the situation and then ends up supposedly acting in self-defense?

I don't think his defense will prevail.  How about you?


  1. This is what happens when the police won't or can't maintain order. Why didn't they get the neighbors to turn down the music? The video doesn't make the situation clear, so I can't speak to the specific acts here.

  2. Note that this man is on trial for murder, blowing that narrative we hear so often about how Stand Your Ground prevents arrests or even investigations. Japete and Dog Gone have been awful about this, though kudos to you, Mike. I don’t think I have heard you perpetuate that.

    1. TS, Sometimes the false DGU does result in an arrest, but not always.

    2. Your statement confirms what I said and disproves Dog Gone and Japete- even substituting your word “arrest” for “charges” which was the point I was making (Zimmerman was arrested the night of the shoot, but charges didn’t come until a month and a half later). The point is that in every state in the union, prosecutors have the power to pursue charges if they have evidence that the DGU was false. Sometime, you may disagree with prosecutor’s decision at times, but that is another matter.

  3. This is the funniest string of comments I have ever read over at "common gun sense"

    1. Willful insanity, as exemplified by Japete's comments, can be funny, when it's not bloody annoying.

    2. Japete's response to being proven wrong is hilarious to me...

      "he was told to stay in his car"
      "point to that in the transcript"
      "you are annoying"

      Japete just completely changes the subject and attacks Anthony on something he did not even say. Anthony did not defend Zimmerman's actions, just pointed out that Japete was completely wrong in her statement about him being told to stay in his car.