Judge: 'Stand your ground' doesn't apply in case
CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Chesterfield County man charged with shooting another man cannot use the state's "stand your ground" law as a defense.
The Morning News of Florence reports (http://bit.ly/1l65yXC ) that Circuit Judge Henry James ruled Wednesday that 58-year-old George Monroe Gaskins can be tried for murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Authorities say Gaskins shot 47-year-old Christopher Turner to death last August. Gaskins said he had driven up to a home when Turner came out with a baseball bat and began yelling.
Gaskins said he feared for two children in his backseat, so he shot at Turner. The judge said Gaskins' attorneys failed to prove that Turner opened the car door or that he ever tried to forcibly enter the car.
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