A very early morning at the 7-Eleven. Two guns. One concealed carry permit. And an argument over a woman.
That’s a dicey mixture where ever you happen to be and in this case it was in Tidewater. One guy ended up dead, another guy ended up charged — and later convicted — of murder.
And in February, after ruminating on the convicted murderer’s sentence for a year following conviction, a Circuit Court judge threw out the case and let the man convicted of murder go free. From HamptonRoads.com:
Judge Karen J. Burrell rejected the jury’s verdict and released [Joshua] Wood last month.
Lawyers say the judge’s move is rare. Both defense attorneys, James Broccoletti and B. Thomas Reed, said they have seldom seen a similar decision during their decades of criminal practice.
Burrell’s actions, which lawyers on both sides of the case say is within a judge’s powers, has left two jurors with mixed feelings. One juror said she struggled with the decision. She said she agreed to convict only after the jury foreman told her the judge could overrule their verdict if she felt they made a mistake.
In essence, this is what happened: Someone in car ‘A’ (Woods’ car) starting firing shots. The concealed carry permit holder in car ‘B’ returned fire. But as he aimed across the back seat at car ‘A,’ he inadvertently shot his cousin in the head.
The driver of car ‘A’ was convicted, even though the prosecutor started his case by acknowledging the defendant had not fired the fatal shot.
What do YOU think?