Monday, April 10, 2023

Three Men, Two Guns and Two Dead

In 2019, police arrested Jermarico Carter for Scheerhoorn's killing. Carter, who was tracked down in Atlanta, confessed to the killing. He pleaded guilty to murder in 2022 and was sent to prison.

However, now he has been

taken into custody Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, police said. He remained jailed Sunday on $1 million bond. The attorney for Grant listed in court records in this case could not immediately be reached on Sunday.

The defendant "is accused of killing Edwin Arevalo, 33, following a minor traffic collision Thursday night, Houston police said. Police said Grant got out of his vehicle, shot Arvelo and then fled."

And why not? Presumably, Grant did not have the firearm for hunting or target practice- and why waste good ammunition?  There is little reason to have a weapon handy unless it is used. Daniel Perry, also of Texas (call me shocked) would agree.

Also in Texas- that, not a shock-

Less than 24 hours after a jury in Austin found Daniel Perry guilty of shooting to death a protester, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on social media Saturday that he would pardon the convicted killer as soon as a request "hits my desk"....

“Texas has one of the strongest ‘Stand your ground’ laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or progressive district attorney,” Abbott said in a statement. “I will work as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry.”

Abbott’s office did not return calls from the American-Statesman on Saturday seeking additional comment. The two-week trial, which included dozens of witnesses and much forensic evidence, was not broadcast. Abbott attended no portion of the trial.

Perry, an Army sergeant, was working as an Uber driver in Austin on the night of July 25, 2020, when he ran a red light at the intersection of Fourth Street and Congress Avenue and drove into a Black Lives Matter march before stopping.

Garrett Foster, carrying an AK-47 rifle, was among a group of protesters who approached his car. Perry told police that Foster threatened him by raising the barrel of his rifle at him, so he shot him five times with a .357 revolver through the window of his car before driving away.

Perry’s defense team argued that he acted in self-defense, but prosecutors contended that Perry instigated what happened. They highlighted a series of social media posts and Facebook messages in which Perry made statements that they said indicated his state of mind, such as he might “kill a few people on my way to work. They are rioting outside my apartment complex.”

A friend responded, “Can you legally do so?” Perry replied, “If they attack me or try to pull me out of my car then yes.”

A jury Friday unanimously convicted Perry.

State District Judge Clifford Brown is set to sentence him to prison in the coming days. He faces up to life in prison.

it and planned on doing it.... He wanted to kill a protester and saw somebody exercising their Second Amendment right."

With all due respect to the brother of a man who did not deserve to die, Garrett Foster was not exercising any Second Amendment right. Foster- as with Perry- was not a member of  a militia. Nor was a musket capable of firing 600 rounds per minute. Nor did the Founding Fathers account for the occurrence of road rage involving vehicles with an internal combustion engine (or battery power).

Lydell Grant had a firearm. Daniel Perry had a firearm. Garrett Foster had a firearm. If these three individuals were not exercising their unfortunate and obscene right of open carry in Texas, two persons now dead would be alive. The Second Amendment- or rather its misinterpretation- has struck again.


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