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Miami judge rejects self-defense claim in killings

11:08 AM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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(AP) -- A Miami judge has rejected a man's claim of immunity under Florida's "stand your ground" law in the 2008 killings of two men outside a restaurant.
 
Circuit Judge Thomas Rebull's decision Friday means 36-year-old Gabriel Mobley will stand trial for second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Jesus Gonzalez and Rolando Carrazana, both 24. Mobley can still claim self-defense at trial.
 
The shootings happened after an argument in which one of Mobley's friends was punched. Mobley testified he thought one man had a weapon and that he was frightened. The Miami Herald reports surveillance video persuaded prosecutors to charge Mobley.
 
The "stand your ground" law came under intense scrutiny last year in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman is now facing murder charges in that case.

Associated Press

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