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    This one should be interesting...

    At the time of the shooting Whitton claimed that he felt threatened by Butcher. Whitton was in his car. Butcher was on a golf cart. (Tellico Village is a fairly upscale retirement community on the lake)

    This shooting took place two years before the Zimmerman incident and is just now coming to trial.

    Jury begins hearing evidence in Tellico Village killing Knoxville News Sentinel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene83 View Post
    At the time of the shooting Whitton claimed that he felt threatened by Butcher. Whitton was in his car. Butcher was on a golf cart. (Tellico Village is a fairly upscale retirement community on the lake)

    This shooting took place two years before the Zimmerman incident and is just now coming to trial.

    Jury begins hearing evidence in Tellico Village killing Knoxville News Sentinel
    I believe, if I remember correctly, Florida's SYG does allow for defense if someone tries to enter your vehicle and they're not authorized to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveJohnson View Post
    I believe, if I remember correctly, Florida's SYG does allow for defense if someone tries to enter your vehicle and they're not authorized to.
    Could be. This took place in Tennessee. I don't think his self defense claim will fly here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene83 View Post
    Could be. This took place in Tennessee. I don't think his self defense claim will fly here.
    I am a massive failure today, I'm jumping around from thing to thing and crossing my wires, urgh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene83 View Post
    Could be. This took place in Tennessee. I don't think his self defense claim will fly here.
    A self-defense claim could be made in Tennessee. The law, passed in 2007, allows for stand your ground though the definition of vehicle may be hard to overcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrenaline View Post
    A self-defense claim could be made in Tennessee. The law, passed in 2007, allows for stand your ground though the definition of vehicle may be hard to overcome.
    While the law allows for "stand your ground", it's going to be difficult for the defense to argue that their client, while seated in an automobile, felt that his life was endangered by an unarmed individual on a golf cart.
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    Apparently, the jury agreed that he acted in self defense.


    Tellico Village man acquitted in fatal 2010 shooting Knoxville News Sentinel
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    The "reasonable person" concept at work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    The "reasonable person" concept at work?
    Possibly. The deputy who responded to the shooting testified that he didn't believe Whitton's story. I assumed that testimony would sink the case for self defense, but apparently not. One thing that's interesting is that this case took over two years to finally get to trial. Time usually works in your favor if you're on trial. Witnesses move or die, police officers retire or leave the force, and memories fade.
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