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Murder defendant says he is immune from prosecution under ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

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Isaac Ashton

TULSA, Okla. – A murder defendant claims he is immune from prosecution under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, and is asking a judge to dismiss his case.

Isaac Ashton, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly shot 21-year-old Verdell Walker and 22-year-old Tiara Sawyer to death at his home in Tulsa on Aug. 18, 2014.

Ashton claims he was involved in a “heated argument” with Walker and Sawyer when the shooting occurred.

According to the Tulsa World, in a defense motion filed to dismiss Ashton’s charges, the defense requests a hearing to determine whether Walker and Sawyer were in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering Ashton’s residence or vehicle when the shooting occurred.

 

Oklahoma’s “Stand Your Ground” law states a person can be immune from criminal prosecution for using deadly force against someone who unlawfully and forcibly enters or attempts to enter his or her residence, occupied vehicle or business.

The prosecution says the “Stand Your Ground” law does not apply to Ashton.

They filed a motion stating that witness testimony establishes that the altercation occurred outside of the home and did not indicate Walker and Sawyer were trying to enter Ashton’s home or vehicle, the Tulsa World reports.

A judge granted Ashton the hearing and will determine whether he should be immune from prosecution.