Back-Shooting Not Defense

Statutes allow physical force in defense of another to the same extent as self-defense, which is the amount reasonably necessary when unlawful use of force reasonably looks imminent, but do not support deadly force in a simple assault and battery. Defendant shot victim in the back from a distance during a scuffle with a third party and fled.  On those facts, the jury was free to reject defendant’s theory of self-defense.
State of Missouri vs. Travon Marcel Williams
(Overview Summary)
Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District – WD82757

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