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Old 01-03-2014, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Kevin Lewis Crouch walked into a tow lot in Northeast Washington on Tuesday afternoon and asked about a green car. But D.C. police said the 22-year-old man quickly pulled a gun on the tow truck driver who was trying to help him and demanded money.

Tow truck driver charged with murder after police say he ran down man who robbed him - The Washington Post
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Kevin Lewis Crouch walked into a tow lot in Northeast Washington on Tuesday afternoon and asked about a green car. But D.C. police said the 22-year-old man quickly pulled a gun on the tow truck driver who was trying to help him and demanded money.

Tow truck driver charged with murder after police say he ran down man who robbed him - The Washington Post
My feeling is that a conviction could be difficult. While the gun turned out to be just a pellet gun; is there a chance that the tow truck driver was not aware? Even if he did know that it was a pellet gun; some people die each year from pellet and BB guns. I would think that a smart lawyer would argue that the driver used his weapon (the tow truck) in self defense. Could he not argue that he was afraid that the robber would shoot after he grabbed his wallet? Regardless; the tow truck driver did not start this chain of events and there was a witness to back up his account. His lawyer might even claim that the driver was stunned by the physical assault and was not thinking clearly.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Fort Wayne
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You can't kill people for robbing you,especially if they are no longer threatening you.
While that might disappoint the more psychotic among us, that is the law.

Had he stated that he "accidentally" struck the man while fleeing from the crime scene, he might have gotten off. However, this does not seem to have been what he said.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:51 PM
 
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Too bad I don't live in DC.

If I was on the jury he would not get convicted !
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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You can't kill people for robbing you,especially if they are no longer threatening you.
While that might disappoint the more psychotic among us, that is the law.

Had he stated that he "accidentally" struck the man while fleeing from the crime scene, he might have gotten off. However, this does not seem to have been what he said.
The robber still had his weapon when hit by the tow truck. A good lawyer could argue that the driver was still threatened. I also think that you could argue that, after getting hit in the head a couple times, that you (the driver) was not thinking straight.

The tow truck driver did not instigate this death - the robber started the chain of events that lead to his untimely death.

It will be and interesting case to follow. My feeling is that it could go either way.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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Worst case of suicide I've ever seen you honor....the man threw himself under my wheels....twice.....


Or....

Oh my God! Is the truck okay???
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