man this doesnt make the houston fire department look very good... one firefighter who is lacking in the self control and common sense department shooting a captain who seems to have a nack for loud parties. nice.
At most he should have gone there and asked them to turn the music down in a neighborly way. If that didnt yield results, call the police. no need to go over there again...thats just lookin for trouble... he had no business bringing a gun, or pulling a gun... and the neighbors at that point, loud part or not, had every right to draw their weapons since he was on THEIR property with a gun.
HOUSTON (AP) A retired Houston-area firefighter was convicted of murder Wednesday for gunning down his unarmed neighbor during a dispute over a noisy house party, with jurors rejecting his argument that he was within his rights under Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law.
Raul Rodriguez, 47, faces up to life in prison for the 2010 killing of Kelly Danaher. The trial's punishment phase, which will include further testimony, was scheduled to begin Thursday.
Seemed like his intent was to document and announce standing his ground, before he killed someone to get immunity.
Yeah, he tried to do that. But self defence laws don't allow you to just go murder someone on their property and then try and claim self defence. He might have had an easier time claiming self defence if the idiot hadn't video taped the whole thing.
all in all, the CHL and gun laws, put anyone in Texas at least, at peril of going to prison if you aren't darn sure of what you are doing if you pull a gun on someone in this state. Your life had better be in serious danger. In CHL class they always teach you that if you are in your own house, and it is dark outside (night) and there is an intruder, and you are sure it is an intruder, or someone is walking off with your property (at night) they you are fairly safe in stopping them with lethal force. Not sure I would kill someone for property though.
The guy who just got 40 years in prison screwed up bigtime, in that he went out looking for trouble on someone elses property...obviously not the legal thing to do.
Texas legal system, jury service here, usually gets it right.