Teen Avoids Homicide Charges After Invoking "Stand Your Ground" Law
Published August 7th, 2013
OCALA -- What initially appeared to be a case of homicide has now been ruled a case of self-defense.
In a memo released late Tuesday, State Attorney Brad King's office announced it would not pursue homicide charges against Tyrone Pierson, 17, who admitted to shooting Julius Jacobs, 40, during an altercation last month.
The memo notes Pierson told investigators he fired the lone shot only after Jacobs got out of his car with a what appeared to be a long, heavy stick. Pierson said Jacobs began to swing the stick at him, causing Pierson to pull out his 9 mm handgun and fire the fatal shot as he was running away.
"He indicates to using that firearm out of fear," said Sgt. Angie Scroble with the Ocala Police Department. "[Pierson] was running at the time that he was firing it, and really wasn't aware where he had struck the victim at."
After verifying Pierson's story with numerous eyewitnesses, the state attorney's office said the shooting was justified under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.
Regardless, the 17-year-old is still charged with possession of a firearm by a minor and carrying a concealed firearm.
An outstanding pick-up order was issued for Pierson's arrest late Tuesday, after police had difficulty locating him.
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