Jesse Murray (Photo Credit: Provided by family spokesperson Nia Walker)

Jesse Murray (Photo Credit: Provided by family spokesperson Nia Walker)

A clearcut stand your ground case in Georgia is showing that when it comes to race there is a separate level of proof that must be reached. On February 16, 2014, Jesse Murray, 33, met with his estranged wife at Benefields Sports Bar in Clayton County, Georgia. The couple was there to discuss the future of their marriage and the well being of their children. The couple had frequented the bar for many years and was known by many members of the staff.

After eating dinner, the couple decided to play a game of pool and enjoyed a few drinks during the night. There was a party taking place at the bar and a drunken White male stumbled into Murray’s wife Traci, and made no apology for his actions. It was at this point that Murray stood between his wife and the man and told him to get away from his wife. The drunken man, later identified as Nathan Adams a former police officer, told Murray, “You need to f*cking leave” and four other White men began to surround Murray.

Murray was able to move away from the men and went to his car to retrieve his licensed handgun and try to get his wife out of the bar and away from the men. When he tried to reenter the bar, the door was blocked by the group of White men who continued in their aggressive behavior. Murray told the men to let his wife out of the bar and they told him his wife wasn’t going anywhere and started towards him in the parking lot.

That is when Adams threw a punch at Murray and the other four men jumped into the fight and began to kick and punch Murray, tackling him to the ground. During the scuffle, Adams attempted to reach into Murray’s pocket where he had his gun and during the fight the weapon went off, striking and mortally wounding Adams. One of the men in the group then pulled his gun and shot four times at Murray, who was able to escape and run into a nearby tire shop where he called police.

When police arrived, Murray surrendered his weapon and was trying to explain what happened and was handcuffed by the responding officer. While he was cuffed, a member of the group that assaulted Murray ran forward and punched him in the head. The officer did not arrest the man who assaulted Murray and instead placed Murray into the back of his patrol car.  While he was being placed in the car, an off-duty and out of uniform White officer, who was a friend of Nathan Adams, arrived at the scene. He shouted at Murray, “Do you know who we are?! We’re going to fry your black ass!”

Adams was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead and Murray was transported to jail. He was charged with malice murder in the first degree as well as aggravated assault. No other person was charged for their actions that night. Murray appeared in court yesterday and took the stand stating he feared for his life. Prosecutors maintain that the shooting was murder.  A judge will now decide if Murray will face prosecution for his actions or whether the case will be dismissed under the stand your ground law. He is being represented by noted Atlanta attorney Maluwi Mel Davis of the Davis-Bozeman law firm.

Mo Barnes

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  • FuZ

    If he was able to leave the bar to get his gun, I wish that he would have left with his wife to begin with.

    • Patty Rendina Bayes

      don’t even try to blame him for not leaving,it was one against 4.I wish he had shot every last one of them

      • FuZ

        I’m not blaming him. Just curious how he was able to leave to get to the car and not take his wife with him?
        “Blame”, “bully”, “racist”. You can’t Say anything that others disagree with without being labeled.
        Complete the story and these questions wouldn’t need to be raised.

        • Sol Rothstein

          Jackass/FuZ,

          Let me explain it to you…THE SAME WAY. The 911 Operator told George Zimmerman to leave Trayvon Martin alone and he continued following and killing him.

          Got it….

          Now these WHITE COPS will not win in court. Sorry but it’s clear case of STAND YOUR GROUND !!!

          Georgia is going to do the right thing.

          • FuZ

            No one is disputing the shooting. I was curious about him leaving his wife in the bar to go to his car. Could he have just left with her?
            I understand if somethings were left out of the post for legal reasons, but just say that.
            People don’t question anything. Just what is posted. In my opinion, that’s a legit question. You don’t have to agree with it. But learn to open your eyes.
            BTW a$$hole is usually my go to.

          • Sol Rothstein

            All questions are legitimate.

            My point was, I am sure she would have left with him if she was not held separate. From my understanding, the woman was separated from her husband and the husband told to leave, by the White Cop that got shot.

            That being said, he got his gun for backup and stood his ground.

    • Julia

      They surrounded him and his wife, quite possibly they turned their attention to her in order to intimidate him…DON’T jump to conclusions, innocent until proven guilty, sadly, this will probably be viewed as a guilty until innocent…so sick of this!

      • Julia

        *guilty until PROVEN innocent” ugh!

        • FuZ

          Don’t worry. I’d stop reading after you stated “quite possibly”. That’s you jumping to conclusions.

      • FuZ

        Jumping to conclusions would be making a statement. You are drawing conclusions. I asked how was he able to get to the car without taking his wife? A legit question. It could be info that they don’t want to expose for the case. Could say that. There is an obvious question but it can’t seem to be asked without ridicule. If it’s sealed info? Fine. There is a space there that was not explained in this story. I haven’t investigated it in any other sources because I don’t need to. I am asking this post that. I shouldn’t have to. Complete the story. Don’t post anything that just fills your narrative of the site, but the truth.
        Anyone addressing me about what I’m asking is ignoring the story and only concerned about what I said. While still filling in a narrative with a maybe.

      • Lewis Griffin

        I didn’t read anything about them turning their attention to her

    • melaniecj

      Four men got in front of him in the bar and told him to leave, essentially separating him from his wife. Unless you are saying he should have fought four men in the bar…..

      • Lewis Griffin

        How do you know they separated him from her? There is plenty room for interpretation

    • Dominique Lane

      I agree and understand you it simple of knowing when to act how to act not saying them jumping him was right it was wrong do anyone deserve to die no but it happen but it didn’t have to they could got they stuff and left why no one in the place help them if everyone knew and liked him ..people make stuff worse on themselves no matter what color they are in this case both the black guy and the drunk dead white man did that

  • eric

    He should have just shot all four of those racist sons of bitches. Typical of white cops to lie for each other and attack u when your hands are tied or handcuff..bitches!!! Next time carry your gun on u at all times

  • britishrose

    I THINK HE Should of called police stead tryin to fight 4 drunk rednecks cause they knew one use to be a cop white people gott a lot of hate the black guy may have been scared and acted out of fear glad he got one of them stand your ground he did that so let him home that redneck death teaches a lesson to them

    • peter momo

      The police were part of the drunken crowd he did what any man would’ve done, stop depending on this system to help as you can see we are not liked in this society

  • sugarntasty

    Haven’t we read this articles prior, enough law suits independence. Unfortunately pursuit of meekness, prevalent don’t have resort to violence get laws. Pass no your limitations article, eludes racism when man called police department. Naturally response refuse to listen due, social segregation not Georgia but America” go Hillary continuing. Discrimination within Democratic party ask NAPO about racial harmony! Don’t forget the gang violence which plaque “Black community” don’t play impartial!

  • Dominique Lane

    Why he didn’t just leave when the man bumpped into his wife he stood in front of his wife in between the drunk dude said get away from my wife he didnt have say that just got her and his stuff and left ..was he upset because he didn’t say excuse me we know old white rednecks are not really full of manners on top that he was drunk and arrogant…I get bumped a lot and if I feel uncomfortableness i gather my things and just leave why didn’t she go out with him I mean the wife should busted something upside the head with a bottle or something I mean he should shot all 4 hey leave no witness but sometimes you need to learn to pick and choose your battles this could been a easy walk away

  • disqus_MNq5Mrn4CF

    That’s the first thing that came to mind. Why leave your wife in a hostile environment with these men?