Well there is a stipulation in the law which allows you to use lethal force to protect property after dark...
Originally Posted by From the above posted article
So, I'm thinking his demeanor after the fact, plus tampering with evidence (altering the video tape, hiding shell casings), and not calling the police had a cumulative effect on the jury.Quote:
Drummond, the prosecutor, said during his closing argument that normal people don't smile after shooting someone in defense of property. Drummond said that Romero also chuckled while police interviewed him.
"You saw from his demeanor ... from his look that this was about anger; it was not about defending property," Drummond said. "Under the law of the State of Texas, ... that's murder."
How you handle yourself after the shooting and how you interact with the police plays no small part in whether or not you end up in prison.
Seems like this guy really screwed the pooch in how he handled himself and gave the jury every reason to convict.
You have to be careful in how you act. You want to be all cocky and Joe Cool after the fact, that's fine. But you'll have to man up and accept what happens because of it.