The case is going before a grand jury, who will be deciding if he acted as "a reasonable man" would have behaved in the same circumstances.
Remember those words! If you're ever involved in anything but the most straightforward armed self-defense situation, that's (probably -- local laws differ) the standard you'll be evaluated by, too. This is yet another reason to do your darnedest to avoid having to shoot folks well in advance of actual confrontation. You may be pure of heart, as stalwart as John Wayne and as skilled as a ninja, but in the end, what you did in the blur of the moment will be analyzed by a bunch of your peers sitting in comfy chairs with lawyers, police and a judge around, and if they don't think what you did was reasonable.... Ahem.
The grand jury system is not without faults but they'll be getting testimony from the sources instead of filtered through a reporter and we will, in time, at least find out if the guy's a ham sandwich. Will he be charged? Will there be a trial? Stay tuned.
The more I hear about this, the less I think I know.
3 months ago