September 6th, 2013
11:12 AM ET

"Stand Your Ground" Back In Question

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.


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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  1. Jeanie Huppert

    Please read the story:

    In addition to the above Story, The Defense asked for a JURY, not a JUDGE to hear the SYG case. It was denied by the Brevard County Judge. It was Appealed to the Fifth District State of Appeal Court on November 26, 2013. It was denied on August 19,2014.On September 2, 014 they filed a motion for rehearing En Banc which was also denied on September 22,2014

    William Woodward’s next docket Sounding is scheduled for December 17, 2014 and the judge said to allow 5 days for the trial which will be held the week of April 27, 2015.

    Bruce Blake, the man who was shot and survived, has had 13 surgeries since the shooting and he still has two bullets inside him but thankfully he survived.

    Our family will never be the same! Not EVER! I have cried every single day since I was told my son was murdered. EVERY DAY! His children have been spilt up. I see Zak and Corey but we haven’t seen Gary’s daughter in nearly a year because she was moved to Ohio. It’s like another death to us because they were always together since their primary residence was with Gary.

    William Woodward’s father, must find this all amusing because when he sees us in public, he stares and smiles at us! Bruce said he did it to him too while they were in Sonny’s Bar-B-Q. Of course nothing can be done about it.

    Thanks for Listening
    Gary’s grieving mother,
    Jeanie Huppert

    October 29, 2014 at 12:15 am | Reply

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