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Fla. jogger won't be charged for shooting teen

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Reco, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Reco

    Reco Portland Oregon Active Member

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    Crime & Courts
    Fla. jogger won't be charged for shooting teen

    Published January 12, 2011
    | Associated Press
    Print Email Share Comments (88) Text Size TAMPA, Fla. – A pistol-packing jogger in Florida won't be charged for shooting and killing a teenager who attacked him during a midnight run.

    Prosecutors said Tuesday they are convinced Thomas Baker acted in self defense when he fired eight shots at 18-year-old Carlos Mustelier near Tampa in November .

    Prosecutors say Florida's "stand-your-ground" law was a factor in their decision. The law, passed in 2005, gives people the right to use deadly force as long as they "reasonably believe" it is necessary to stop another person from hurting them.

    Baker told police he reached for his gun when the teen punched him in the face. Baker has a concealed weapons permit.

    The teen was hit four times in the chest, back and buttocks. He died at the scene.




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  2. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    It took the DA's office two months to decide not to charge him. Maybe the delay had something to do with the bullet holes in the BG's back?

    Since the attacker was 18, I think his record should be public domain. I wonder if it was his first "mistake." Yeah, right.

    Mr. Baker is probably going to be struggling with the civil suit(s) for years to come - but at least he's still breathing.
     
  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure the shots in the back were from him falling/turning away from getting shot while the shooter was still shooting. Don't know the facts though.

    This is a win for gun carry friends.

    If you want to harm, intimidate, or even take away someone's constitutional rights then you should be prepared to give your life in doing so.
     
  4. theorren

    theorren Medford Member

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    "Mr. Baker is probably going to be struggling with the civil suit(s) for years to come - but at least he's still breathing. "

    I think FL is a stand your ground state. I also believe that once a shoot is declared self defense that in FL you can't be sued in civil court.

    I'm about to leave work or I'd link some facts, I could be wrong.
     
  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    This! :thumbup: