What constitutes an imminent threat?
This question after a Florida combat veteran is charged with first-degree murder for killing two neighbors and wounding a third man at a Labor Day BBQ in 2012.
Now his lawyers are trying to argue 'stand your ground' and 'the Bush doctrine" as his defense.
CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
Defense Lawyer Greg Eisenmenger says his client, William Woodward, 44, was preyed upon, harassed, and tormented by the men he killed, and therefore he should be not guilty.
He says, "When you're facing eminent violence you're allowed to act."
The controversial 'stand your ground' law was first brought to national attention in the high profile Florida case of George Zimmerman, acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin.
Though it's a misconception that law played any part in Zimmerman's trial.
CNN's Chris Cuomo asked his criminal defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, about that fact and if he thinks the law applies in this new case.
O'Mara said Zimmerman's case was a straight self-defense scenario and responded this case is not a 'stand your ground' scenario either.
"The imminient reasonable fear can’t occur by your own doing," he said.
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O'Mara was also asked about the recent news that Shellie, George Zimmerman's wife, has filed for divorce.
CNN's John Zarrella says this comes a few weeks after Shellie pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying about how much money the couple had for George's bond.
She said there was next to nothing. They had raised $135,000 from donations.
Kelly Sims, Shellie Zimmerman's attorney says,
"She stood by her man like Tammy Wynette says and she probably shouldn't of. So that's pretty much it. She did what was right for her."
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