DAILYKENN.com -- The New York Post promptly labeled Chad Copley a "racist" in its headline. Copley was convicted for the shooting death of a black male.
Reports say Copley shot a warning shot as an unruly crowd of blacks neared his home in North Carolina. Some in the crowd were brandishing guns and shouting obscenities, according to Copley's 911 call.
Copley was found guilty of first-degree murder.
From AP via nypost.com ▼
A white man who fatally shot an unarmed black man after reporting “hoodlums” has been found guilty of first-degree murder in North Carolina.
News outlets report that the jury spent less than two hours deliberating before finding Chad Copley guilty of premeditated murder in the death of 20-year-old Kouren-Rodney Thomas, who was attending a party near Copley’s home.
Prosecutors had said Copley appeared bent on violence when he told 911 operators he was “locked and loaded” to confront people he described as armed “hoodlums” and launched a “surprise attack.”
Defense attorneys acknowledged Copley fired the fatal shotgun blast, but said he feared for his safety and was covered by the state’s Castle doctrine.
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