Huntsville, Alabama

From Huntsville’s WAAYtv.com of April 20, 2007

Jurors Say Leamon Acted in Self Defense

That’s the verdict Friday in a Madison County murder trial. Today’s verdict could set a precedent for future cases involving the use of deadly force in the state of Alabama. Leamon is now a free man, and his attorney says today’s verdict is a victory for all Alabama homeowners.

After two days of deliberations, the jury reached their verdict just before noon today. Steven Leamon claimed that he fatally shot Christopher Griffin because the victim was trying to kick through his front door in the middle of the night. The shooting happened at Leamon’s Huntsville home back in November of 2005. Leamon’s attorney Roy Miller says Griffin intended to rob his client.

This could be a precedent-setting case as a result of Alabama’s “lethal force law” which was passed by state lawmakers last year. That law allows home and business owners to kill an intruder without penalty if they believe they are in eminent (sic) danger.

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