State overreached with first-degree murder charge in stand ground case

February 25, 2014 

Robbery, rape and murder are all illegal yet still happen. Stand your ground is no license to kill, but to allow a victim to use reasonable force to prevent violence without facing charges themselves.

Like any law, it has its limits and will be abused. Abuses should be, and regularly are, punished. Laws and punishments do not always stop abuses or crimes, but they are punished.

"A person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself."

Mr. Michael Dunn will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for abuse of stand your ground. Real justice would bring back his young victim, but only God can deliver that justice. Our laws did the next best thing.

It is simple. Texting in a theater, playing music in a loud and obnoxious way, stealing your parking spot, or even shoplifting are simply not justification for deadly force under stand your ground.

I suspect young Jordan Davis had no gun. But for the jury, it was a "he said, they said" argument on an overreach first-degree murder charge, from stupid state prosecutors who overcharge too often and fail to prove all their charges.

Dunn definitely fired at other unarmed teens, who posed no threat. He continued to fire into the car as they fled. Those facts were proven and he was found guilty.

My suspicion that Jordan Davis was unarmed and an innocent victim was part of the burden of proof of the state to prove he was murdered, with or without stand your ground. Neither stand your ground nor race had anything to do with this case.

David R. Kraner


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