“The video evidence contradicts this assertion, clearly showing that there was no hit from a fist, and the item argued by the defense to be a cell phone was simply a reflection from the defendant’s shoes,” Barthle wrote in her order.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2Rly-Qohu4 Barthle also doubted that Reeves was in great fear, writing:
“The defendant initiated contact with the alleged victim on at least three occasions and was not concerned about leaving his wife there alone when he went to talk to the manager.”
This seems like the correct call. Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws are important for lawful gun owners who defend themselves. They remove the burden of retreat from the victim and allow them to act if they find their life in danger. Stand Your Ground is not for those that seek out arguments and then feel threatened when someone yells at them. It must be reasonably believed that deadly force is necessary “to prevent death or great bodily harm.” Reeves is innocent until proven guilty. But lost popcorn and a thrown cellphone just aren’t reason enough to draw your weapon and fire. Do you think Reeves had reason to use deadly force? Let us know in the comments!