Charges Dropped In Miami Stand Your Ground Case

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Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami-Dade County officials say they won't charge a 19-year-old in the fatal shooting of an unarmed burglar.

Wednesday's announcement came after prosecutors concluded they couldn't prove Jordan Beswick's guilt under Florida's stand your ground self-defense law.

Beswick faced second-degree murder charges in the January death of 22-year-old Bryan Antonio DeJesus.

State Attorney's Office spokesman Ed Griffith told The Miami Herald ( ) the "very nature of the break-in" gave Beswick legal justification.

Police say Beswick was home alone when someone knocked on the door. He then heard someone coming through the sliding door. He grabbed a gun and when DeJesus emerged from the bedroom, Beswick fired. The shots missed DeJesus, and Beswick ran outside. When he saw DeJesus move the blinds to come out the window, he fired the fatal shot.


Information from: The Miami Herald,


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