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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court’s ruling that convicted Arizona double-murderer Michael Murdaugh should get a new hearing on his death sentence.
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Using the seemingly popular “Stand Your Ground” defense, David Mota was found not guilty in the shooting death of 22-year-old Joshua Switalski in the road-rage incident in Oro Valley last year.
Reporter Chris Flora had a telling story about the murder in the road rage incident. But perhaps more telling was the comment of one juror to the victim’s family, that the decision to find a not guilty verdict, seems to have nothing to do with one person killing another, but because of the “Stand Your Ground Law”. Perhaps this shooting, and verdict would have caused more adverse publicity for Arizona and our state elected officials, but for the fact that this seems to be a white on white murder, unlike the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.
Is it open season on bald Caucasians? That is the lesson learned from the recent murder trial of David Mota who shot and killed Joshua Switalski. The two had had a verbal exchange after a near collision and, as Switalski was driving away to end the altercation, Mota shot and killed him. After a short trial Mota was acquitted. Some jurors later said that their decision to find him not guilty was based on Arizona’s “Stand Your Ground law”.
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The San Manuel resident who was recently acquitted on charges of first-degree murder, drive-by shooting, and aggravated assault said in a post-trial interview that despite the jury verdict, he prays for forgiveness for shooting and killing 22-year-old Joshua Switalski in a traffic altercation last year in Oro Valley.
Natasha Wrae represented David Mota who was charged with first-degree murder, drive-by shooting, and aggravated assault.
Natasha Wrae, defense attorney, listens as her client, David Mota, talks about being acquitted of murder.
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A number of questions still loom in the minds of the loved ones of Joshua Switalski, the 22-year-old Tucson resident who was shot and killed in Oro Valley last year during a traffic altercation.
After four days of trial, San Manuel resident David Mota was found not guilty on all charges, including first degree murder, drive by shooting, and aggravated assault.
A verdict is likely less than 24 hours away in the case of David Mota, the man charged with first degree murder, drive by shooting, and aggravated assault after he shot and killed Joshua Switalski in a traffic altercation last February in Oro Valley.
When San Manuel resident David Mota shot and killed Joshua Switalski during a traffic altercation last February in Oro Valley, he was working as a behavioral health counselor for youth.
After confiscating a .45 caliber pistol from murder suspect David Mota’s Chevy Silverado on the night of Feb. 28, 2013, Oro Valley Detective Sergeant Dean Nesbitt, at the request of the prosecution, revealed the handgun in court today to the 14-person jury.