ASHFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — Following the circulation of a video showing what happened just before and after a fatal shooting in Ashford, some have asked whether the shooting could have been justified.
According to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, a drug deal went bad at a house party on Harrison Street Saturday night, leading to a fight that escalated when one participant pulled out a gun and shot the other.
Deonte Gilmore was arrested and charged with murder in the death of D’Travieon Ledarius Jawuan Barnes.
In the video, it appears that Barnes and suspect Deonte Latarus Gilmore were in the middle of a fight. At one point, Barnes picked up a television and dropped it on Gilmore, kicking him afterward.
Gilmore then gets up, raises his pistol, and fires it while falling backward. Both Barnes and Gilmore then flee the room, at which point the clip ends.
At this point, the sheriff’s office said Barnes tried escaping the house but died from his wound outside the garage.
We sat down with a local attorney to get his take on what happened.
“The issue is whether or not this young man on the ground felt like his life was in danger,” attorney Allen Mitchell said.
This case may not be a Stand Your Ground situation, but it could be classified as a justification defense should it go to trial.
“So even if you did believe that your life was in danger, that doesn’t mean you’re not going to end up in court and still have to defend yourself,” Mitchell said. “Under these circumstances that we see in the video, it is more like that is a legitimate defense. In the end, it all depends on what the jury decides.”
Gilmore made his first appearance in court on Monday. He is still being held at the Houston County Jail on a half-million-dollar bond.