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    GOOD: And this is why you should not trust the press.

    The news as it originally came out:

    BSO: Man Fatally Shoots Neighbor In Lawn Dispute - Miami News Story - WPLG Miami

    Victim Had Longstanding Feud With Shooter, Neighbors Say

    POSTED: 10:48 am EST February 7, 2008
    UPDATED: 7:15 am EST February 8, 2008

    LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. -- A man was shot and killed by his neighbor Thursday in an apparent dispute over a lawn, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
    BSO deputies responded to 3686 NW 28th St. shortly before 10 a.m.
    When deputies arrived, they found Jerome Jackson shot to death in the yard.
    Deputies then entered the house and found neighbor Lee Macon inside. Deputies also found a gun inside and arrested Macon, 49.

    According to the BSO, the neighbors had an ongoing dispute about the property line and the height of the grass.

    While a private lawn service worker was cutting the grass at Macon's house, Jackson came out of his house, as did Macon. The two men were arguing when, according to the BSO, Macon pulled out a gun and shot at Jackson, 51.

    A struggle over the gun ensued and Macon fired again, fatally wounding Jackson, according to the BSO.

    Several neighbors told Local 10 that the men had a longstanding feud and Macon felt "threatened" by Jackson.

    "There was nothing else he could do," one neighbor said. "He filed many police reports. He was kind of trapped."

    The BSO said Macon would be charged with first-degree murder.
    And today...


    BROWARD COURTS
    Lawn feud shooter goes free
    A month after he shot his neighbor in a dispute over lawn maintenance, Lee Macon is a free man.
    Posted on Fri, Mar. 07, 2008

    BY ADAM H. BEASLEY AND DIANA MOSKOVITZ
    abeasley@miamiherald.com
    County jail a free man on Thursday.
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    Lee Macon, the Broward man who shot his neighbor to death during a fierce disagreement over the line that divides their two lawns, walked out of jail a free man Thursday.

    The Broward grand jury said he committed no crime.

    Macon's attorney, Richard F. Della Fera, argued that the shooting of Jerome Jackson -- which made national headlines -- was a clear case of self-defense, the last blow in a long-festering feud that erupted over the most seemingly insignificant matter. He said Jackson was the aggressor.

    Said Chuck Morton, homicide division chief with the Broward state attorney's office: ``The grand jury considered every potential charge, from first-degree murder to manslaughter to justifiable self-defense . . . and they decided not to indict.''

    Macon, interviewed by WSVN-Fox 7 as he left the jail, declared: ``I was exonerated. I'd like to get on with my life.''

    Friends, neighbors in the Lauderdale Lakes community and even the lawn man who witnessed the fatal shooting testified on Macon's behalf during the closed proceeding, according to Della Fera. They persuaded the grand jury that Macon, 49, acted out of fear and self-preservation.

    `GLAD HE'S HOME'

    After his release, Macon was excited, relieved and happy, said his friend, Sharletta Davis, 39.

    ''We're just glad he's home,'' she said.

    Davis said the grand jury's findings prove what his supporters had said since the shooting: that Macon had been pushed to the edge after years of fighting with Jackson.

    ''The truth came out, and it was what we were saying from day one,'' Davis said.

    According to previous police accounts, Jackson, 51, and Macon had an ongoing feud, in part over the length of Jackson's lawn. Jackson preferred his lawn shaggy, while Macon preferred a close-cropped cut.

    On the morning of Feb. 7, Collin Fraser, 52, was mowing Macon's yard when he made a swipe that may have veered onto Jackson's property, scalping the high grass.

    Jackson became enraged, first confronting the lawn man.

    Macon, sensing trouble, tucked a gun into his waistband and emerged from the home to confront Jackson. Shots were fired, and Jackson fell dying.

    Della Fera said there was far more to the story.

    With Macon present in the courtroom, witnesses testified that Jackson was largely to blame for the feud, and on the day of his death made several threatening moves toward the accused.

    According to Della Fera, testimony established that Jackson rushed Macon, and began to punch him and tried to knock him to the ground. Macon pulled the gun from his waistband to scare Jackson away, but Jackson lunged for the weapon. Macon fired a warning shot into the sky, but Jackson continued to grasp for the gun.

    Finally, Macon fired a shot into Jackson's shoulder, knocking him down, then went inside and called 911.

    Authorities arrived within minutes, but not in time to save Jackson.

    Broward Sheriff's Office deputies ordered Macon to the ground and asked where they could find the weapon, which he had left inside.

    By the end of the day, he was charged with murder.

    `AMAZING PERSON'

    Almost as soon as Della Fera took the case, he said he started receiving stacks of e-mails and countless calls from his client's supporters.

    ''He's an amazing person. I sensed it from the moment I met him,'' Della Fera said. ``He regrets the loss of life, but I think he knows in his heart that he did what he had to.''

    In the 3600 block of Northwest 28th Street, where the men lived side by side in disharmony, the lights were off at the Macon home and no one answered the door late Thursday.

    Both lawns are now badly overgrown
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    Gee, the media misreporting a story to make it look like a defending himself was actually a cold blooded killer????? I would never see that one coming

    (Sarcasm off)

    Glad it worked out for him.
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    Not hard to believe that the press had Macon tried and convicted before a Grand Jury even convened. Another reason not to say a word to the press if one becomes involved in this type of situation.
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    Both lawns are now badly overgrown


    At least the press printed the outcome.

    Here in WA, it's likely that not a peep would have been made.
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    The ol' Warning shot into the air....idiot, nice way to kill an innocent bystander

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    So was the dead neighbor a loner? If not, I'd hate to be living next door to the family of the man who I killed/killed my family member!
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    The height of the lawn.
    What a dumb thing for two neighbors to have an ongoing running feud about in the first place.
    Then one neighbor swipes the lawn of the other neighbor with a mower and next thing you know one human being is dead.
    What a pathetic, stupid thing for anybody to lose their temper and die over.
    Sure hope it was worth it.
    Fighting over grass and now pushing up daiseys. Unreal.

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    From what interviews I saw with other neighbors in the news later, the dead guy was the official neighborhood bully and had it against everybody for years. I am guessing this time he bet against the wrong horse and lost.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    The height of the lawn.
    What a dumb thing for two neighbors to have an ongoing running feud about in the first place.
    Then one neighbor swipes the lawn of the other neighbor with a mower and next thing you know one human being is dead.
    What a pathetic, stupid thing for anybody to lose their temper and die over.
    Sure hope it was worth it.
    Fighting over grass and now pushing up daiseys. Unreal.
    Totally agree...I believe many deaths such as these are over stupid, ridiculous, minor life nitnoys.

    As for the two articles...I believe the first reported what happened and quoted the BSO on all the information. The second provided a follow-up, now quoting the witnesses and GG. I see nothing wrong with either articles.

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    "the dead guy was the official neighborhood bully and had it against everybody for years."

    Well, then it's fitting that he is "lawn food" now.
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    This is not the first person to be shot over some "grass"!
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    quote:
    Finally, Macon fired a shot into Jackson's shoulder, knocking him down, then went inside and called 911.

    Authorities arrived within minutes, but not in time to save Jackson.

    Broward Sheriff's Office deputies ordered Macon to the ground and asked where they could find the weapon, which he had left inside.

    By the end of the day, he was charged with murder.


    Good to see that the Broward Sheriff's Office did a long, in depth and thorough investigation before charging the man with murder.

    Gives you a feeling of no doubt that you can put your trust in the 'authorities' being fair, huh.
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    I don't have a lot of faith in the accuracy of news reports either, but in this case, they just reported that Macon had been arrested by the police and charged with murder. Those were the facts on the day of the killing, so I wouldn't say that the media had already tried and convicted him.

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