Guard convicted of murder in Va. Beach in bench trial, I smell injustice.

This is a discussion on Guard convicted of murder in Va. Beach in bench trial, I smell injustice. within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by Brad426 I agree, but maybe the judge has a reputation that made the lawyer think it was a smart call. Or maybe ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    I agree, but maybe the judge has a reputation that made the lawyer think it was a smart call. Or maybe the lawyer is an idiot.
    Or maybe the lawyer knew about facts, not favoring his client, that would come out in a jury trial.

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    This may shed some light on it...

    Belmar then fired two shots at Spencer, one in the back of his head, killing him instantly. Belmar told police he did not know whether Spencer was armed or not, and in court testified he would not have known what Spencer would have done with a gun even if he had one. Guard guilty in parking lot murder | WAVY.com | Virginia Beach, Va.
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    Later, Belmar admitted he intended to kill Spencer, and the Commonwealth argued Spencer was about to get back into his car when he was shot by Belmar. Guard guilty in parking lot murder | WAVY.com | Virginia Beach, Va.
    This article does not mention the shotgun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chesafreak View Post
    This article does not mention the shotgun.
    Wow. Big, big difference.

    The article from the Virginia-Pilot indicates the defendant "fatally shot a 20-year-old man wielding a shotgun." Implying he was fairly justified in fearing the result of what was about to happen, if that shotgun-wielding person got off shots into the people.

    Whereas the WAVY-TV/NBC article indicates the defendant told police that "he did not know whether Spencer was armed or not ... and would not have known what Spencer would have done with a gun even if he had one," and that later "Belmar admitted he intended to kill Spencer." Admitting to murder, essentially.

    Either there were statements during questioning that were claimed to have been made but weren't, or we're not getting anywhere near the whole, correct story.

    Got to love early news reporting. What a cluster.
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