A Texan ex-firefighter, Raul Rodriguez, was convicted of murder for killing his unarmed neighbor during a drunken shouting match over loud music.
The jury didn't buy Rodriguez's "stand your ground" defense, even though they were shown a video Rodriguez had helpfully made of himself saying "I'm standing my ground" before pulling the trigger. The video contains graphic language and gunshot sounds, but doesn't show the shooting itself:
Rodriguez says several times during the video, "I'm in fear of my life," presumably to emphasize that he's acting in self-defense. But prosecutors convinced the jury that the "stand your ground" rule didn't apply in this case, because Rodriguez intentionally provoked his neighbor, 36-year-old elementary school teacher Kelly Danaher, before shooting him. Rodriguez now faces a life sentence.
Trigger happy much? Why video tape yourself shooting someone else? That could never work in your favor. Don't shoot people anyway unless you really are in harms way, not over being too loud! Good deal. Glad this guy is in prison.
Idiot. Nice of him to provide the evidence of his crime. This guy is the reason liberals want to trash Castle doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws. And yes, murder is a crime, even in pro-gun Texas. Guess it goes to show that these laws aren't just white wash for murder.
They were being loud, so he should've called the police and let them handle it. Flashing a gun beforehand isn't a good way to try and prove innocence. "I'm gonna have to defend myself...."? This guy should've never brought it outside.