Posted by FAS1:He [(Ray Lemes)] has his life and this is what he said at his trial:
“If he wouldn't have entered my house, he wouldn't have been shot,” Lemes responded to prosecutors before both sides rested.
If he had it to do over again, homeowner Ray Lemes still would have shot a college student who bled to death on his cul-de-sac four years ago, he told jurors Tuesday at his murder trial.
Lemes was somehow able to convince a jury in a second trial that the evidence did not show beyond a reasonable doubt that he murdered the student. What he said was calculated to accomplish that result. Anything said to the contrary would have resulted in his conviction and in judgements against him in civil court
observers, however, the facts show that Lemes would have his life had he simply not chased the invader. He certainly would be better off financially. And he would not still face the risk of civil action.
Lemes dodged a bullet, to the surprise of many--but he has been left with nothing.