Inferring a Deadly Threat from Circumstantial Evidence

Today’s Post of the Day involves a murder trial in Ohio that began with opening statements yesterday, in which the defendant claims he killed the victim in self-defense, believing that the victim was about to shoot him. The interesting facet of this case is that the defendant, however, didn’t actually see the victim’s gun before shooting and killing him—instead, the defendant inferred the threat that the victim was about to shoot him entirely from circumstantial …

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