Since the Stand Your Ground law is coming under a great deal of scrutiny lately since George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin claiming it was in self defense, this trial should be an interesting one to watch. How old do you have to be in the state of Florida to get a permit to be in possession of a firearm?
TAMPA — A Tampa Bay-area judge says Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law doesn’t apply to a teenager charged with attempted murder for shooting his drug dealer after a botched sale.
Gerald Terrell Jones, 18, argued Friday in Hillsborough County Circuit Court that he feared for his life while fighting with Daniel Drake in January after trying to buy marijuana. Jones shot Drake in the face. Each man says the other tried to rob him.
Florida’s self-defense law doesn’t protect people committing crimes. The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/KB66fH ) that Jones’ attorney said the law applied because the drug sale was over before the shooting.
Judge Gregory Holder ruled that Jones was committing a crime at the time of the shooting and failed to show he was in mortal danger.
Jones’ trial begins Monday.
Here is what went down between Drake and Jones. Lots of action in this article…
The “stand your ground” law has been invoked more than 130 times since its passage in Florida in 2005, but in terms of colorful story lines, this was one for the books.