Monahan’s case marks the first time a Palm Beach County judge has dismissed a murder charge under a controversial state law that gives extra protection to people who use force in self-defense.
Across Florida, several other accused murderers have successfully used the state’s 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law to prove they were the real victims.
Gun-rights advocates pushed for the “Stand Your Ground” law in 2004, claiming that innocent people were being unfairly arrested for defending themselves. Previously, a victim could be criminally charged if he or she didn’t first seek an alternative to using force.
Source: Alexia Campbell for Sun Sentinel.