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

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

Clayton County, Georgia Judge Albert Collier has denied Jessie Murray the use of stand your ground as a defense in his murder trial. Shockingly, the judge stated that the reason Murray could not use the defense was because he said his gun fired by accident during the struggle with the victim and his three friends.

Murray wanted to defend his ex-wife and mother of his children from a group of drunken White men at a bar. Court documents described Murray as being assaulted by the Nathan Adams, a former police officer, and three of his friends. Despite this threat, the court seems to be saying that Murray should have allowed himself to be beaten first and then used his gun as a last resort. In the decision issued by Judge Albert R. Collier, Clayton County Superior Court, the judge felt that Murray was not in fear of his life when he was attacked by a group of four men. The judge stated that “nor does it appear to this court that the other men in the vicinity were acting in such a way that would cause the defendant to reasonably believe that deadly force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or a third party … The court cannot reconcile the defendants asking for immunity under a self-defense statute, by stating that the use of deadly force was justified, and then also stating that the use of deadly force was unintentional.”

Murray is being represented by the attorney Mawuli Mel Davis of the Davis-Bozemen Law Firm. Attorney Davis issued the following statement to rolling out:

“We respectfully disagree with all of the law cited and most of the facts stated in the Judge’s order.  If being physically assaulted by 3 men is not a grounds for a person to defend themselves by any means necessary, I am unclear what is.  It is our hope our Motion for Reconsideration will be heard.”

Murray is facing up to 15 years in prison for trying to defend his ex-wife.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • WordupMillenium

    Horrific Terrorism Perpetrated with the Judge accomplicing

    • Sol Rothstein

      Shoot to KILL and that will prove you stood your ground.

  • spacepuppy

    only southern whites can use this defense against black teens eating Skittles

    • Sol Rothstein

      Wrong !!!

      The problem with BLACK FOLKS is we are not KILLING the person we shoot…REMEMBER a dead man has no tales.

      Shoot to KILL and end that other OPINION.

      • Jason

        Hmmmm…… interesting.

      • Harry Bolzitch

        Waaahhh, everything is racism! Waaahhh!

        • Sol Rothstein

          Yes, it is and we can deal with it…CAN YOU…

          Hispanics are RUNNING WHITES out of America !!!

          • Harry Bolzitch

            Sure, keep telling yourself that Paco. It’s not the whites that live in daily fear of a new President being elected and you all having to make the tail-tucked-between-the-legs walk of shame back across the border without any hope of social welfare benefits from the U.S. anymore.

          • antony chavez

            Hispanics are not from Mexico,….they’re from Spain, Idiot………. Mexicans are from here, Indigenous Peoples of America,……..duh,…!

    • lola sins

      Well, to pick a rather large nit nest, George Zimmerman is of mixed heritage. His mother has Afro-Peruvian blood on her maternal side….he identifies on his voting card as hispanic. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Zimmerman#Background That all said, he never should have been able to use the ‘stand your ground’ law. It was absurd it was even considered for a second given the facts that were on the 911 recording. He should be in jail. He is a murderer in every respect of the word for killing Travon Martin. (says a southern white woman)

      • Jason

        Since Hispanic isn’t a race – lets properly classify Mr Zimmerman = CAUCASOID (and definitely so by his actions). Miss me with the “Afro-Peruvian” crap. Recent history shows us that This guy HATES people classified as negroid aka black.

        • Harry Bolzitch

          Waaahhh, everything is racism and I’m gonna whine about it! Waaahhh!

          • Jason

            Not everything – just White Supremacy.

        • Jerome A. Hicks

          Thank you! Well said

      • Alex

        Actually, Zimmerman’s defense did not rely on the stand your ground portion of the statute. Since he was on the ground being beaten when fired his gun, retreat was not an option.

      • Edward C

        Zimmerman (who was in a different state) never actually used this defense. Martin’s father had friends on the police force and asked why they hadn’t charged GZ. His friends asked the detective conducting the case and he said the prosecutors said they didn’t think they could prove murder at this time. Also if they tried manslaughter or a lesser charge and GZ got an attorney to plead “Stand Your Ground” they didn’t think they could beat that defense yet. They needed time to work on it.

        TM’s father explained this to his mother. However in a time of grief, with a lot going on, she thought GZ had plead “Stand Your Ground” (in fact he hadn’t been charged with anything yet so he didn’t need to make a plea). She got in touch with the POTUS’ office and President Obama thought GZ plead “Stand Your Ground”. Then it hit the media and even worse the social media. Long story short, GZ ended up being charged with murder and plead self defense. He never tried to plead Stand Your Ground. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_George_Zimmerman

        The headline of this article accomplished what it intended to do. Take advantage of the misinformation in the media to stir up racial tensions yet again

    • Edward C

      Zimmerman (who was in a different state) never actually used this defense. Martin’s father had friends on the police force and asked why they hadn’t charged GZ. His friends asked the detective conducting the case and he said the prosecutors said they didn’t think they could prove murder at this time. Also if they tried manslaughter or a lesser charge and GZ got an attorney to plead “Stand Your Ground” they didn’t think they could beat that defense yet. They needed time to work on it.

      TM’s father explained this to his mother. However in a time of grief, with a lot going on, she thought GZ had plead “Stand Your Ground” (in fact he hadn’t been charged with anything yet so he didn’t need to make a plea). She got in touch with the POTUS’ office and President Obama thought GZ plead “Stand Your Ground”. Then it hit the media and even worse the social media. Long story short, GZ ended up being charged with murder and plead self defense. He never tried to plead Stand Your Ground. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_George_Zimmerman

      The headline of this article accomplished what it intended to do. Take advantage of the misinformation in the media to stir up racial tensions.

    • P.Yew

      Statistics for the last 6 years based on a database compiled by the Tampa Bay Times on Stand Your Ground (SYG) law:

      Black 44 cases with 9 pending.

      11 convicted
      24 Justified

      Whites 76 cases with 11 pending

      25 Convicted
      40 Justified

      Discarding the pending case the breakdown is as follows.

      Blacks. Of the 35 black people who used SYG as a defence 68.5% were justifiable killings
      Whites Of the 65 white people who used SYG as a defense 61.5% were justifiable killings

      If your black and use the SYG defense you are more likely to be successful

  • Deuce Prez

    The same BS wasn’t cited when George Zimmerman confronted NON-LAW-BREAKING Travon Martin, who was all by himself as he was simply walking to his father’s house!!

    There are TRULY two Americas and all of this racial bias in court cases only punctuates that fact!!

    • Sol Rothstein

      Florida and Georgia are two separate and different states.

      Georgia is more lenient on STAND YOUR GROUND, but you must be smart enough to KILL the person you shoot.

      Black folks too busy trying to front…KILL that person.

      • hereNT

        Isn’t this a murder trial?

    • Havoc Dog

      Oh please, show me the lines on the map, show me the separate statutes, show me where any race – creed – color – ethnicity – religious pref – gender – sex pref – whatever you may name is legally/Constitutionally biased against in the LAW. Fact is you can’t because this is the USA, the nation where ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL. Sure there are racists, just like the racists who hate America because of some racially based myth like law enforcement hunting black men for sport that is ridiculous. Sure we have nuts who hold judgeships, we have idiots who are in law enforcement, we have bigoted business owners, but so freaking what. Most Americans are pretty much color blind, those that aren’t are perpetuating the racism with their ridiculous and outdated ideas. Grow up. Furthermore Trayvon could have walked away, he took Zimmerman down hard and put the beat down on the fool, HE COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY…but chose instead to continue the beat down at which point he got his azz shot dead. More stupid infantile behavior…sure on both sides. Grow up, when the chance presents keep your mouth shut and walk away.

      • Wil Austin

        Havoc, read below!

        • Havoc Dog

          A bad judge. As I said BEFORE. A few bad individuals doesn’t make our great nation a racist cesspool. People who spew the crap are responsible for making things worse…you know like the media and the professional victims. I stand by my comment because it is true.

          • Jazzman450

            Great nation?! Do not blame the media! The media does not make people racist!

          • Havoc Dog

            You are a fool if you don’t think the media stirs things up and turns groups against each other with their BS. Wake up.

          • The GrimReaper2116

            You sir are an idiot and a fool, you try to minimize the fact that there is racism in the legal system, this judge needs to be off the bench………too many black men and women have been released from serving long periods of time in prison for crimes they did not commit, their only crime was being a black person…………in this case this black man did the right thing to defend his wife and himself………..he should have killed everyone attacking him……

          • Havoc Dog

            Fool and idiot…hmmmm, reading comprehension much? I guess not. LEAGALLY there is no racism. AS I SAID THERE ARE RACISTS WITHIN THE SYSTEM, BUT THE NATION ITSELF IS FOUNDED ON PRINCIPLES OF EQUALITY. More people enjoy the freedoms and rights than are trampled by them. That deserves celebration rather than condemnation. Our nation is truly the most free on earth. The minority who practice racism are dying out in spite of mean spirited goons who try to stir things up. Open your eyes and see the real America. Land of the Free…unfortunately also home of too many idiots and whiners who suffer from “i’m a victim” mentality.

          • Jerome Cross

            Only whitefolks can say that, they really dont get it. So people dont waste time tslking to dis motherfucker shoot him on site

          • crazygemini12

            I blocked him straightaway. Anyone saying it was founded on equality is in need of more history classes or mental health counseling. How could it even be when non-whites and women weren’t considered people and only wealthy landowners were allowed to vote? 🙄 What kind of lies are these folks learning in school?

          • Havoc Dog

            Take a Constitutional history class. We led the world into the age of Democracy.

          • Havoc Dog

            Typical ghetto response, instead of trying to rise above a bad situation you make the situation worse and then have the unmitigated gall to actually believe you are right.

          • Sean Slappy

            I think you need to educate yourself. Just for one example, maybe look into the history of racial housing discrimination in America. For a good chunk of the 20th century the FHA explicitly refused to back loans to black people and at times even others who lived near black people.
            This wasn’t a few people being racist. This was policy and it had devastating effects that are still around today.
            This is just example that upends your position.

          • Havoc Dog

            Again, ready my post, there are racists, so what, there always will be those ignorant enough to hate just to hate, it is stupid but I guess they enjoy being stupid. Our nation is far from perfect but it is better than any other, I’ve lived in plenty of other nations and only a few come close to the freedoms we have as Americans. If it were so bad why are there so many Hispanics, Asians, Africans, Muslims, Buddhists, Athiests, you name it clamoring to come to America? Because they absolutely know it is better here.

          • Richard Stuckmeyer

            Here’s an example that upends YOUR position. Back in the late 1970’s I applied for an FHA loan and that was denied. In a conversation with the FHA loan officer, he told me that had I been black, I would have been approved, no questions asked but, because I was white, I did not have that priveledge.

          • Ken Benjamin

            Havoc Dog. You do know when this nation was founded black people by law were considered only 3/4 human………..just checking.

          • Havoc Dog

            And worse than that in some states and territories. That was then, and it has been getting better…in fact I’d say we would be well on the way to seeing racism eradicated if we didn’t have so many race baiting politicians and media types. I really believe most Americans no longer really see color, we have millions of ethnically diverse families and that number is growing every year. Our nation will only be black AND white if people continue to force it to be rather than seeking common ground, recognizing we are much more alike than different and then celebrating the differences in our cultures and eventually melding them in the great melting pot that is America. Hate won’t get it done. Dwelling on the past won’t get it done. Grudges and blame won’t get it done. So do you want to get it done or continue doing the same old thing over and over? Me, I’m tired of the racist BS on any and all sides, enough is too much.

          • Havoc Dog

            300 years ago white ships captains were buying black people from other black people in Africa and bringing them across the Atlantic to sell. I’m pretty sure NONE of the slavers white or black thought much about the humanity of those they sold.

      • Jazzman450

        You are an Idiot! How do you know he didn’t try and walk away! Zimmerman had no business approaching Trayvon! All are not created equal! Did you forget there was a law, that stated black folks are 3/5 of a human being! America still treat black folks 3/5 of a human being! Maybe you should keep your dumba$$ mouth close! Idiot!!

        • Havoc Dog

          Hmmmm. well BECAUSE HE WASN’T SHOT IN THE BACK. Now who is the idiot? I think we all know. FACT: Either could have walked away. FACT: Neither did. FACT: Two clowns looking for trouble.

          • Jazzman450

            And how was Trayvon looking for trouble? Trayvon was minding his own business! Idiot! And what does getting shot in the back have to do with anything?! You are a real dumba$$!! Lol! Lol!

          • Definitely Maybe

            If Trayvon was just minding his own business, why did he approach Zimmerman? He was near the back of his dad’s GF’s place, why did he go back towards Zimmerman?

          • Havoc Dog

            Oh the names, my feelings are hurt, typical liberal. If you don’t understand how where he was shot at is an important fact then I’m afraid you are beyond my ability to explain it to you. Tell yourself what you will, evidently that is your forte.

      • coptic777

        Dumb comment considering that Zimmerman was told to stand down by law enforcement. Instead he gets out of his car WITH A GUN! Somehow to you despite his prior record and post run ins you are dumb enough to actually think Trayvon was the aggressive one? You really represent the low IQ of the average American today. Wow just wow!

        • Havoc Dog

          You are the one making dumb comments. Trayvon beat the living s$%^ out of Z and could have walked away at any time, instead he pushed it and got shot for it. They were BOTH idiots looking for trouble, how do you not understand the facts? Like all low brows you react emotionally rather than intellectually, now what was that about IQ???

          • Jazzman450

            You need to learn the facts!!

        • middle ground

          I love you comment. Only because when someone or some group posts the criminal history about a victim shot by a cop lots of people say his/her past dont matter. But here you are saying it does.

          All that aside from what I saw and read about Zimmerman he got his ass beat and shot the kid for revenge. Thats my take and he should be in jail.

      • Dwayne Edwards

        Haha ur funny, thats like saying the kkk didnt hang and burn blacks hunted t0hem down, id like to see a white person misthreated and take it with a smile, man there would be something done, so lets all stop the act, why isnt all the gun organization doing for him what they have done for white america set him free, when we see that then we have america not white or black america.

        • Havoc Dog

          Maybe he’s not a member of the NRA. Maybe there’s more to the story. Maybe it is as simple as his lawyer is keeping them out of it. Maybe dredging up old dead history doesn’t help his case or win your argument. As I said, people who want to play the victim and the blame game are a big part of the problem…you are stereotyping…isn’t that just like prejudice? Yes it is.

      • quantom

        What a waste of time writing. All aren’t created Equal. what Country have you been living in.. Trayvon was walking away when he was caught by that scum. But anyway, how would one know when the attacker is trying to really hurt you or kill you.. Why is it when all cops say they feared for their life, then its ok to shoot, But not this black man who was under attack. You are why he shouldhave killed them all. I would like to see you walk away while your family is in harms way..you must be real gutless. I take it then if 3 or 4 for black men were beating on 1 white man, you would say the white man should just walk away or run.. keep is gun hidden.. Your full of it. Can I have your KKK suit. I am hood

        • Havoc Dog

          What are you saying, because it seems like you are arguing with yourself…as to my KKK suit, sorry they refused my application…I wasn’t white and right enough. My point about Trayvon was really pretty simple…if either of them had shown just a little bit of maturity and respect this would have been avoided…but no they both had step up and be bad ass. As to my gutlessness, well I served 25 years in the military and deployed more times than I care to remember. I’ve done my duty, I’ve served…what have you done besides complain?

      • Jason

        So what happens when those racists you mention above are on the police force, court room , juries and in the Prosecutor’s office? Just curious – you think Black people get any consideration under that “ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL” crap you outlined above?

        Most here know George Zimmerman is a lying piece of crap. There is no way he left the cover of his vehicle and ran into the darkness to question someone about where they were going in a peaceful manner. He was looking for trouble – just like he continues to look for it today. I pray he FINALLY TO CONCLUSION gets what he is looking for.

      • Ken Benjamin

        Havoc Dog. You are from THIS planet, right?……..just checking.

        • Havoc Dog

          Why, is immaturity a prerequisite to be from this planet?

    • Dustin

      Do you REALLY believe the shat that you spout ?

    • getalifesmackey

      Lol…there’s one America but more than one State that makes up America. You’re a fool. Educate yourself before you make a bigger fool of yourself.

    • Harry Bolzitch

      Waaahhh, everything is racism! Waaahhh! Every court system found the non-white Zimmerman to be innocent but I’m gonna never stop whining about everything anyway. Waaahhh!

    • Edward C

      Zimmerman (who was in a different state) never actually used this defense. Martin’s father had friends on the police force and asked why they hadn’t charged GZ. His friends asked the detective conducting the case and he said the prosecutors said they didn’t think they could prove murder at this time. Also if they tried manslaughter or a lesser charge and GZ got an attorney to plead “Stand Your Ground” they didn’t think they could beat that defense yet. They needed time to work on it.

      TM’s father explained this to his mother. However in a time of grief, with a lot going on, she thought GZ had plead “Stand Your Ground” (in fact he hadn’t been charged with anything yet so he didn’t need to make a plea). She got in touch with the POTUS’ office and President Obama thought GZ plead “Stand Your Ground”. Then it hit the media and even worse the social media. Long story short, GZ ended up being charged with murder and plead self defense. He never tried to plead Stand Your Ground. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_George_Zimmerman

      The headline of this article accomplished what it intended to do. Take advantage of the misinformation in the media to stir up racial tensions even more

    • P.Yew

      The SYG defense was NOT used in the Zimmerman case.

  • TeeRoy Woodfin

    That defense only works for White folks!

    • Sam197859

      proof, please?

      • RiverMikeRat

        This case and four others like it where the black defendant was denied SYG defense.

    • Edward C

      Zimmerman NEVER plead stand your ground. It’s another media fallacy. The story about GZ pleading “Stand Your Ground” was circulated by the media before GZ was even charged with anything. GZ plead self defense. This headline is just designed to stir up race relations yet again.

  • Markice Lewis

    I was about say the same thing…Isn’t this a murder trial??

  • Errol Duplessis

    This was a white supremacist ruling by the judge, who stood up for white rule. How convenient.

    • Sam197859

      Proof, please? The media is selling this story. I would be worry about the, spin, here. Right now, race and religion sells. Divide and conquer is a money maker.

      • Jazzman450

        This country was built on division, long before the media!

    • Sam197859

      There is, obviously, more to this story than what is being reported. If the story is true, then the judge is wrong but I would never leave the, media,off, easily, either.

  • TomJones

    Has nothing to do with black or white like the article suggests. The guy said he accidentally discharged his gun. Thats not self defense for fear of life or injury. He basically went to court and told them he accidentally killed someone. His lawyer is an idiot for letting him say that.
    “During the struggle I feared for my life and I shot him” …he would be a free man.

    • RiverMikeRat

      We can hope. But, it’s Georgia, so I doubt it.

    • Alex

      Exactly. Where was the guy’s lawyer in this and why did he let the guy say the discharge was accidental? That’s like reason #3 that self-defense claims get rejected.

  • Michael Jenkins

    He is black. and in Georgia and the 4 men that tried to assault and kill him and his wife were white. I am surprised the racist court didnt just say right out that black men have no right to defend themselves against whites and just order him stung up. Republican states are racist. The justice system is a joke. 4 men tried to all beat him and he defended himself and cant even use that as a defense but a rich white kid can murder four people drunk driving and gets probation. Can rape an a woman and get 3 months. Republicans are the most racist people on the planet and this ruling surprises anyone?

    • TomJones

      I noticed your profile pic. If you shot someone and claimed self defence but then told the court your gun accidentally discharged, what do you think the outcome would be? It doesn’t matter what you meant to say, it matters what you did say. Not everything is racist. Sometimes its just stupidity.

      • David Dejesus

        You have got to be kidding…3 guys are not enough?..how many more judge?5 -10-15-20..you know what I’ll do the time for this guy.I have no kids…I’ll stand in for him..we need more people to step up and condemn this judge his ruling and check how many people he wrongly convicted.How many ?..seriously folks check his ruling’s with a fine tooth comb.There might just be innocent people behind bars let alone over sentenced individuals.Today people let’s go especially those who live in this area were this travesty and blatant use of judicial powers let’s go people justice has no patience for injustice.

        • TomJones

          It doesn’t matter how many guys it was. Ho told the judge he accidentally discharged his weapon. He convicted himself. If you fear for your life you intentionally fire. All he had to say was he feared for his life and he fired his weapon. By saying it was an accident he sealed his own fate. I’m not saying the guy was wrong, or that the ruling didn’t suck, but he was an idiot for saying what he said ….. and his lawyer was an idiot for letting him say it.

          • RiverMikeRat

            I’m wondering what are the chances that if the roles were reversed (white guy defending white wife against black men) how the judge would have ruled. We can hope it would be the same way, but I personally doubt it.

          • Jazzman450

            You know the white person would have been set free!

          • RiverMikeRat

            Yeah, pretty sure you’re correct.

          • Jason

            Oh they already have been. The dead guy’s friend shot at the dude after the accidental shooting took place. The police didn’t arrest any of the dead dude’s friends.

          • David Dejesus

            Maybe ..

  • djs

    Unbelievable !!!!!!

  • RiverMikeRat

    Strange how I read that the suspect is being misrepresented by attorney Davis and not represented by him.

  • Jazzman450

    So, white folks have the right to protect themselves, and black folks can’t?! This is bull$hit!! Unfair justice in America!

    • Jason

      Not when the other person is White.

  • Dturner

    Wait georgia has a castle doctrine law this judge is racist that’s a fact. Stand your ground law is one sided when it comes to color let’s get the news involved because this is bullshit!

  • Autry Chambliss

    NEVER PULL OUT WHAt — you don’t intend to use.. especially in the south..

  • Dustin

    So , he had a firearm in a bar . Last I knew that is illegal . Illegal possession of a firearm in an establishment negates his claim of self defense ! Having said that , I also would have shot those sumbitches !

    • Jason

      Some stories say that the guys were not allowing his wife to leave the bar with him. I know I know…

  • George Eric Lynn

    Keep supporting these Republicans you southern black folks wiil learn one way or another….

  • George Eric Lynn

    When will you all learn that these laws are created for the White’s not us, il give you a couple of examples……crackcocain powder cocain same thing, only whites get caught with same amout of grams only the white have powder the blacks or brown have crack….crack gets more time than powder, George Zimmerman can shoot 1 unarmed teen in the chest and cry stand your ground its granted, black man gets jumped by 3 mind 3 white guy’s owe you can’t use stand your ground,,,,racist ass fucking judge this country is so fucked up with racist sonsof bitches in charge,,,,,people get out and vite in November especially you southern states. Fuck the racist Republican party….

    • quantom

      These folks must only watch FOW NEWS. or they really just drop in from a planet we don’t know about. The GOP for the most part wont even try to hide their hate towards blacks, and other minorities. Make America Great Again..what years

    • Definitely Maybe

      This was just a hearing, asking for immunity, it’s not the trial – this person can still be found not guilty at trial. Zimmerman’s defense never attempted to have this hearing – his defense was strictly “self defense” which could, and sounds like should apply to this person… but we’ll have to wait and see – right now people are jumping to conclusions

  • Alvin Anyiah

    I guess you cant fear for your life and draw a weapon. Well a cop drew his weapon and it went off and killed someone in new york and he got NO jail time. Lets see what happens when someone actually was scared because FOUR guys attempted to fight him and he drew his weapon. Lets all wait and see……….

    • Jason

      Don’t hold your breath on this one.

  • cslagenhop

    If you disagree with the judge’s ruling, appeal it. Justice is blind.

    • Jason

      Except when she peeks out from under her blindfold, or when she reads your name of Jamal and Antoinne.

  • Fillet John

    Some judge. What racism?

  • http://nyctalking.com/ Angel Rodriguez

    I think the way this judge caught this dude is via that contradiction. “It was an accident, but let’s use the stand your ground law.” It’s one or the other, accident or intentional? I don’t know all the facts on this story, other than what I read here, so this is hard to call, but I hope the truth comes out either way.

  • James B.

    Claiming that a gunshot was accidental is an admission that it wasn’t a justified act of self-defense, even if it is a mitigating factor.

  • Zach

    Racist America. .double standards trying to continue to supress us as a people. This is fucked up …