Murder charges dismissed in self-defense shooting

Murder charges dismissed in self-defense shooting

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    Murder charges dismissed in self-defense shooting

    LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina prosecutor has dropped a murder charge against a man who shot and killed a teenager during a brawl outside a Chapin home in 2008.

    The State newspaper of Columbia reported Saturday that the Lexington County prosecutor's office said in a notice dismissing the charge that it could not disprove Francis Marion Reeves III's claim of self-defense.

    Read the full story in The State here
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    More than a year to come clean that he "could not disprove Francis Marion Reeves III's claim of self-defense."

    What's wrong with a quick "Determined it was SD"?
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    He was in his own home/on his property when attacked/rushed by a GROUP of angry youths. Oh well, don't be part of a group attacking someone, and you won't get shot.
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    Good ole' Johnny law dragging his feet once again. I personally think it's all the political correctness, and people not taking responsibility for their own actions that lead to this sort of delayed reaction. Pretty pathetic.

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    Sounds like the prosecutor is Nyfong supporter.

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    The things that you could get away with 20-30 years ago don't apply today. As teenagers back then, something like this wouldn't be a big deal and most likely wouldn't have resulted in a shooting. Times have changed. Don't pick fights, don't bring car loads of buddies to a party looking to beat people up, don't talk smack. Of course, back then you could usually count on fists being the primary weapon! These days you just don't know. I don't blame the older Reeves for shooting, it sounds like a clear case of SD to me.

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    The DA playing politics .... ?

    We have a case (not a SD case) that was just appealed, and they over-ruled the guilty verdict .... seems the Asst DA just "made up " some of the evidence. .... it didn't exist. He just said it did in his statements in court. The DA we have is defending his actions. The DA here, is know for supporting Asst DA's lying to the courts.
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    Clark left the party after being struck and returned with three carloads of friends to confront the younger Reeves, authorities said.
    Three carloads, disparity of force would apply here. You take out the lead dog the rest of the pack will disperse.
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    Problem with a cell phone you call the police not go get 3 carloads of guys looking to start a fight,Bet they crapped themselves when they realised daddy has a gun
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    A whole year to figure this one out? How do they get away with taking so long????

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpostal View Post
    A whole year to figure this one out? How do they get away with taking so long????
    Probably the family of the dead guy pushing for charges to be filed. No way for the DA to make everybody happy in this one. Politicians (and political appointees) want most people to forget a news story long before they have to make a decision that will piss anyone off (like all the people who don't understand why you would own a gun in the first place).

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    I see the below as telling the whole story as to the delay:

    Clark was black, and Reeves is white

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    Yep. That whole black/white thing causes a lot of trouble. Gotta spend lots of time proving you are not racist. Or maybe the DA really really wanted to prosecute so he scraped around for anything to use. Finally had to wave the white flag.
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