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Prosecution: Defense can’t argue self-defense in fatal 2016 stabbing

CLARKSBURG — The state contends a man charged with murder in a fatal Clarksburg stabbing shouldn’t be permitted to argue self-defense.

When John Thomas III used deadly force against victim Roy Horton, Thomas didn’t believe Horton “was about to inflict death or serious bodily harm on him,” Assistant Prosecutor Andrea Roberts asserts.

She cites statements by the 57-year-old Thomas as well as a police interview of him.

Thomas is set for trial the week of June 5 on a murder charge, with Judge Chris McCarthy presiding. The sides will argue pretrial issues at a pretrial hearing next Friday.

In the interview recorded by police, Thomas said Horton “grabbed him by the back of the neck, and then (Thomas) states ‘I turned around and jilted him with it. I said, ‘man, you don’t live here,'” according to Roberts.

According to Thomas, Horton then said, “You stuck me,” Roberts asserts.

Thomas said Horton then came at him again

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Prosecution: Defense can’t argue self-defense in fatal 2016 stabbing …

CLARKSBURG — The state contends that a man charged with murder in a fatal Clarksburg stabbing shouldn’t be permitted to argue self-defense.

When John Thomas III used deadly force against victim Roy Horton, Thomas didn’t believe Horton “was about to inflict death or serious bodily harm on him,” Harrison Assistant Prosecutor Andrea Roberts asserts.

She cites statements by the 57-year-old Thomas, as well as a police interview of him.

Thomas is set for trial the week of June 5 on a murder charge, with Judge Chris McCarthy presiding. The sides will argue pretrial issues at a hearing next Friday.

In the interview recorded by police, Thomas said Horton “grabbed him by the back of the neck, and then (Thomas) states, ‘I turned around and jilted him with it. I said, ‘Man, you don’t live here,’” according to Roberts.

According to Thomas, Horton then said, “You stuck me,” Roberts asserts.

Thomas said Horton then came at him

Read more at: https://www.theet.com/news/free/prosecution-defense-can-t-argue-self-defense-in-fatal-stabbing/article_7b4d05b1-d03d-5abb-8123-7ee1899b7d9f.html

You plus a gun is good first line of defense, says a cop

To the editor: William Alexander’s op-ed article on taking up shooting in retirement and attending the recent National Rifle Assn. convention in Atlanta was typical naive leftism. (“What happened when a 64-year-old liberal attended his first NRA convention,” Opinion May 11)

He spoke with an African American woman whose 14-year-old son was shot three times in his head during what Alexander called a “home intrusion robbery.” The term is “home invasion robbery,” and not once in my more-than-three-decades-long career in law enforcement have I ever heard a home robbery called an “intrusion.”

This woman’s home was invaded by marauders and, yes, had she or her son had a gun he might not have been the subject of the NRA video Alexander so deplored.

I’ve been a cop so long it’s hard to remember when I wasn’t, and I’ve dealt with too many murders to recount. But it has always struck

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-guns-nra-home-invasion-20170517-story.html

Man shot in self-defense by Athens cop receives probation in plea deal

An Athens man who was shot by an Athens-Clarke County police officer in self-defense last year was recently sentenced to probation.

Justin Tremell Scott, 23, was also sentenced to a year in jail, but given credit for time he already served since his arrest last August. He was released from custody May 11

On April 23, 2016, Officer David Kelley shot Scott in the face when it appeared Scott was going for a gun. The early morning encounter occurred in the parking lot of Golden Pantry on Barnett Shoals Road, after the officer observed who he believed to be Scott and another man inside a car pouring liquor into a cup.

The shooting was recorded by the officer’s body camera, and the video earned the officer immediate support from superiors who said it clearly showed Kelly shot in self-defense.

The video released by police shows a pistol in Scott’s pocket. The officer is seen

Read more at: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-05-16/man-shot-self-defense-athens-cop-receives-probation-plea-deal

More black women turning to guns for self-defense | Fox News

Firearms instructors are reporting an increase in the number of black women learning how to use guns in self-defense courses around the country — and the reasons are varied.

“Minority women are definitely increasing in numbers,” Rick Ector, a firearms instructor, said of attendees at his weekly course just outside of Detroit.

“Women overall — in particular, minority women — are looking toward guns to protect themselves against crime,” Ector told Fox News. “Women are definitely drivers in the market right now.”

Other cities, like Savannah, Dallas and Cincinnati, have also seen an uptick in the number of minority women signing up for gun-training courses.

In Georgia, for instance, trainer Marchelle Tigner referred to the observation as a “movement” in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.

Tigner, who launched Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction in November, told the paper she had to expand room in her classes, which sold out after promoting them through social

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/10/more-black-women-turning-to-guns-for-self-defense.html

More black women turning to guns for self-defense

Firearms instructors are reporting an increase in the number of black women learning how to use guns in self-defense courses around the country — and the reasons are varied.

“Minority women are definitely increasing in numbers,” Rick Ector, a firearms instructor, said of attendees at his weekly course just outside of Detroit.

“Women overall — in particular, minority women — are looking toward guns to protect themselves against crime,” Ector told Fox News. “Women are definitely drivers in the market right now.”

Other cities, like Savannah, Dallas and Cincinnati, have also seen an uptick in the number of minority women signing up for gun-training courses.

In Georgia, for instance, trainer Marchelle Tigner referred to the observation as a “movement” in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.

Tigner, who launched Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction in November, told the paper she had to expand room in her classes, which sold out after promoting them through social

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/10/more-black-women-turning-to-guns-for-self-defense.html

SBI: Raleigh police officers shot in self-defense in killing of Jaqwan Terry

Two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Raleigh man in August were acting in self-defense, a State Bureau of Investigation review concluded.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman released the findings in a report Wednesday evening as she announced that no charges would be filed against the officers involved in the death of Jaqwan Julius Terry on Donald Ross Drive.

The shooting occurred on Aug. 29 after Raleigh police officer B.K. Burleson responded to a 911 call at 11 a.m. about a man with a gun outside a home at 241 Donald Ross Drive. The woman inside had called for help, saying that Terry, with whom she had just ended a contentious relationship, had shown up at her home with a gun.

Terry was still in the neighborhood when Burleson responded to the call, but he started to run when the officer asked to speak with him, according

Read more at: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article147007489.html

Defense to plead for leniency in death ex-New Orleans Saint (Apr 20, 2017)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The defense will get a chance to make its case for leniency Thursday when a sentencing hearing resumes in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.

Smith’s widow, Racquel, and other loved ones took the stand Wednesday and tearfully aimed bitter remarks at her husband’s killer, Cardell Hayes.

Hayes, 29, could be sentenced to 60 years for fatally shooting Smith and wounding Racquel Smith in a confrontation after a traffic crash last year.

Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, insisted at trial that he shot in self-defense.

His family and friends were in the courtroom as well Wednesday and some may be called to the stand Thursday to show support.

Judge Camille Buras denied a new trial for Hayes on Wednesday and is expected to impose a sentence no later than Friday.

Buras rejected numerous defense arguments for

Read more at: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/defense-to-plead-for-leniency-in-death-ex-new-orleans-saint-042017