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Victim’s family speaks out after not guilty verdict

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  • SkipS posted at 12:03 am on Tue, Apr 8, 2014.

    SkipS Posts: 14

    I am so sickened by this verdict. David Mota was clearly guilty of murdering Joshua Switalski, and yet these jurors bought the defense team's story that he was in fear of his life. Not only did Mota shoot at Switalski while he was driving away, but he never even saw a weapon in Switalski's car. How can you be fearful that someone is going to kill you when they are driving AWAY from you and you never even saw that they had a gun in the first place? No gun was ever seen, implied or located by police. And if any of the jurors used the Stand Your Ground law as a determining factor to their decision, they obviously misread that law!! In order for Stand Your Ground to apply, a person has to have a reasonable grounds to believe that the other person intended to take his life or do serious bodily harm, and they cannot provoke the assault. Mota did not have reasonable grounds to think he was in danger of his life. I guess the next time someone looks at me wrong, I can just do the same thing as Mota. These jurors made a huge error here, and I hope it keeps them up at night.

     
  • Edonnagen posted at 9:33 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2014.

    Edonnagen Posts: 3

    we need to make this stand your ground law more specific. A jury should weigh all evidence and arguments as our founding fathers intended. In that process the plaintiff and defendant are given a fair trial. When the "Stand Your Ground" law is invoked the jury can see that in most cases it fits. What happens is the shooter is validated even though he may be fully guilty. That determination should be made at the end of the process. The NRA and anyone who invested to make this law come to pass has blood on their hands.

     

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