Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Tampa jury acquits man, 18, who admitted shooting his drug dealer

TAMPA — A teen who admitted to shooting his drug dealer in the face was acquitted of attempted second-degree murder, even after a judge ruled he wasn't protected by the "stand your ground" law.

Faced with a victim who admitted he was selling marijuana when he was shot in Brandon last January, a jury Thursday found Gerald Terrell Jones, 18, not guilty.

The defendant and the victim, Daniel Drake, then 21, each claimed the other was trying to rob him. Neither admitted owning the gun.

Although the "stand your ground" law doesn't apply to people committing crimes, Jones' attorney, Ronald Kurpiers, argued the crime — a botched drug sale — was over before the shooting.

Jurors heard the case all week before acquitting Jones on Thursday.

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