Fla. man convicted of lesser counts in loud-music killing trial; mistrial on murder charge

  • Article by: DEREK KINNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 11:25 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 47-year-old software developer was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers after an argument over what he called their "thug music," but jurors couldn't agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder.

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fursideFeb. 16, 14 7:10 PM

A travesty. This guy committed murder and should have been forced to take the consequences of his actions. He was the adult, he was the only one who was armed and yet that is not a scenario that clearly says he willfully acted to kill someone who was not armed and was not an adult. This is about race; both in his actions and in the jury's unwillingness to hold him accountable because the victim was black. I am older than the murderer, I am white and I hate that loud, syncopated talking that is called music by others. So what. It is a generational thing and for this puny clown to feel justified to kill because of a difference of opinion about what constitutes music is beyond any justification. This guy obviously felt threatened by the mere presence of young black men in the world and the loud rap music called attention to them just as supposedly wearing a hoody makes it okay to target young black men. There are things that I wish the all young men would do differently; but killing them to make the point should not be on the table.

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