Book 2 of our true crime Kindle Short (with PHOTOS) series explores an attorney's real murder case and coping with issues of self-defense and the Second Amendment. This can be a stand-alone book, as it goes into great depth of the attorney's thoughts on the Second Amendment with very little information about the case described therein.Criminal Charge: Murder with a Firearm, and thus began the next...
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This quick read relates the background of a specific legal case and provides a glimpse into the mind of the lawyer defending a man accused of murder. Just enough detail to reel me in. I can't wait for the full story!...
erald "The Finishing Machine" Strebendt's life. He had served the Marine Corps proudly as a Marine sniper. He had done two tours of duty in Afghanistan as a Blackwater (Academi) mercenary. He had fought mixed martial arts professionally and had a successful MMA-training gym. However, the next stage of his life was a fight for justice and a fight for his life. Was it going to be a murder conviction and a life in prison? Many in the community wanted that, claiming that a trained killer like Gerald Strebendt couldn’t possibly need to shoot an unarmed 55-year-old man with an AR-15 military-style assault rifle. But the truth was much more nuanced.BOOK EXCERPT: True Crime or Actual Innocence: Murder or Self-Defense?Gerald Strebendt shot and killed David Paul Crofut on January 29, 2014, with a high-powered rifle during a dispute on a dark road in Springfield, Oregon. After the dust settled, Gerald learned (or perhaps confirmed) that Crofut did not have a firearm when the shot was fired, nor any other weapon. Crofut was unarmed. From the beginning, as he spoke to the 911 dispatcher, Gerald Strebendt claimed that he had fired in self-defense. For many people, however, Gerald Strebendt's self-defense claim was dead on arrival because he not only fired a weapon but one that the media called a "military-style assault rifle."It didn't help that Gerald was well-known in the community for his martial arts abilities. Many people assumed that Gerald should have karate chopped or ninja kicked Crofut instead of shooting him. It also didn't help that Gerald's GMC Denali was loaded with several other firearms that he (lawfully) owned.Nonetheless, the initial reports of the Springfield shooter with an AR-15-style weapon led to the obvious question: Why in the world was Gerald driving around town with that rifle and several other firearms loaded in his truck? Was he looking for trouble? Most assumed so.I suspected that the primary reason for the negative reaction from the community was less about his guns, and had more to do with a concerted effort by law enforcement to paint a picture in the media of road rage against an unarmed man. Needless to say, I responded in kind and went on the attack regarding the self-defense claim, doing a number of interviews in an attempt to reframe the narrative. My goal was to speak the truth rather than the story that the government wanted the public to be spoon fed. This, of course, was done two years before I ever spoke to the press on behalf of Ammon Bundy, an Oregon protestor accompanied by fellow protesters who open carried firearms on a federal wildlife refuge, including “military-style assault rifles.”In advance of trial, most citizens reading the local newspaper or watching the local nightly news would never hear much of "why" Gerald pulled the trigger. They would not see the scene and would not know the circumstances of the shot when it was fired. They could not climb inside Gerald's mind when his finger pulled the trigger, because they didn't know the facts as he knew them. They only were able to know what the government told them. For this reason, I immediately began to strategize a media plan.Since Gerald admitted to shooting Crofut with a rifle, the question at trial would not be whether Gerald committed the crime, but instead whether Gerald was entitled...----BONUS CHAPTERS! E-book also contains PART 1 of "Finishing Machine" for FREE! Enjoy!