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She says the law encourages people to “shoot first and ask questions later.”
The state has been a battleground for the law that drew national attention when white Neighbourhood Watch member George Zimmerman shot to death unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin.
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Retired police captain Curtis Reeves, 74, is currently on trial for murder in Tampa for the movie theatre shooting death of dad of two, Chad Oulson, 43, in 2014.
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Florida’s Supreme Court previously ruled that the burden of proof is on the defendant. Bradley wants that changed.
“We have a tradition in our criminal justice system that the burden of proof is with the government from the beginning of the case to the end,” he said.
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“This legislation would effectively require defendants who raise stand-your-ground defences to be convicted twice,” she said. We should not make it harder for family members to achieve the justice that they deserve.” “Having lived through this gruelling experience first-hand with two trials for my son’s murder, I can attest to the anguish and the pain that this process elicits.
And now, the state is deciding whether or not it’s going to double down on the law.
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28, 2017. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City, Fla., Feb. Curtis Reeves takes the stand to testify during his hearing at the Robert D. (AP PHOTO)
either his life or mine.” “I realized it was a life and death struggle …
I can’t get out. He’s right in front of me and he’s trying to get over the chair,” Reeves breathlessly testified, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “I can’t get up.
Cops say it was popcorn. He claimed Oulson threw his phone at him, striking him in the face and was coming after him.
Reeves told the court that the younger man was “out of control” and in a “fit of rage.”
The men and their spouses were watching a showing of Lone Survivor when a brouhaha erupted over Oulson’s texting.
Rob Bradley, who says his legislation “isn’t a novel concept. The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen.
Sunshine State legislators are taking the controversial “stand your ground” law one step further — they want prosecutors to prove accused murderers didn’t kill in self-defence before taking them to trial.
So Reeves pulled his handgun and shot Oulson to death.
But that’s not the tale Reeves told.
Witnesses testified Oulson was not out of control and didn’t threaten the retired cop.