Self-defense law at center of Autauga case

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The effects of retooled self-defense laws got another test recently in Autauga County this month, when a jury exonerated Erik Scoggins for the killing of Brandon Headley.

Scoggins didn't deny shooting Headley, according to the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/13VeZNX ). He argued that he was defending himself. Prosecutors said Scoggins, who was in his truck, could've driven away. Jurors agreed with Scoggins.

At the center of the case, was Alabama's 2006 stand-your-ground law. The law specifies that an individual, regardless of whether they are in their home or business, has no obligation to retreat in the face of potential threats.

The law puts Alabama among states with the most sweeping self-defense acts. Before legislatures began altering the laws, the concept of self-defense required that a person retreat from a threat if possible.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com



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