This Article Was Originally Published On NewsOne.com, “Black Driver Charged With Murdering One Of The ‘Racists’ Attacking Him Stood His Ground, Lawyers Say“, Written By Bruce C.T. Wright
A Black driver jailed after fatally shooting at a “truckload of belligerent racists” trying to run him off the road should be held to the same legal standards as white defendants who cite Georgia’s Stand Your Ground laws, defense attorneys said on Monday. Lawyers representing William Marcus (Marc) Wilson hosted a virtual press conference to publicize the weeks-old case in the town of Statesboro one day ahead of a preliminary hearing in the case.
The 21-year-old college student was charged last month with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault in the death of Haley Hutcheson, a 17-year-old inside the pursuing truck that defense lawyers say carried white people yelling racial slurs at Wilson and his girlfriend, who is white. But Wilson is legally allowed to carry the weapon he used to defend himself, his lawyers said, and should never have been charged in what they described as an unfortunate consequence.
The situation unfolded June 14 when Wilson and his girlfriend went for a late-night drive to Taco Bell. After getting their food, they say a truck began following them with its occupants yelling racial slurs and trying to run them off the road. The truck was allegedly playing music from “The Purge,” a movie about the one lawless night every year when vigilantes are all but encouraged to go wild with violence. Believing his life was in danger, he “fired off a warning shot” that struck Hutcheson, according to an online petition demanding Wilson be freed from the Bulloch County Detention Center.