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For the first time, a Broward County man has successfully used the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law to block his prosecution on a first-degree murder charge.

Nour Badi Jarkas, 54, of Plantation, was facing trial for the January 2009 shooting death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend, John Concannon. But Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes ordered an acquittal after finding that Jarkas was an invited guest in his wife’s home and felt threatened during a confrontation with the victim.

Prosecutors said Monday they will not appeal.

Months after the jurors deadlocked, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Stand Your Ground law, passed in 2005, is intended to keep certain self-defense cases from ever getting to a jury. In Palm Beach County, the first successful use of the law for that purpose came in September. Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal dismissed first-degree murder charges against Michael Monahan, a disabled veteran who shot and killed two men who reportedly cornered him in the cabin of his sailboat.

Source: Rafael A. Olmeda for the Sun Sentinel.

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