though the he said he didn't want to do it, a judge in Seminole County,
Florida, was forced to return a Glock pistol and a rifle to a blind man
who won immunity for killing another man under the state's "stand your
surreal hearing took place in the Seminole County Courthouse in
Sanford—the city where Trayvon Martin was killed and his shooter set
free under the same self-defense statute.
Wayne Rogers had stood accused of premeditated first degree murder for
shooting a "drinking buddy" in March 2012 "after a long drinking
session," according to the Orlando Sentinel. The killing was done "once in the chest with a .308 Remington assault rifle from a distance of 18 inches or less."
amid differing eyewitness accounts at his trial last month, a judge
dismissed the jury and awarded Rogers immunity under Florida's "stand
your ground" law.
That led to Thursday's hearing,
in which Judge John Galluzo reluctantly admitted he'd have to give
Rogers his rifle and a Glock 10 mm handgun. "I have to return property
that was taken under the circumstance," the judge said. "I have
researched and haven't found case law to say otherwise."
has done probation for firing 15 rounds at a cousin and was jailed for
pushing and punching a woman in a domestic disturbance three years
ago—will have to buy new ammunition, however, since the state considered
his cache "too old and dangerous."
the interview above, when asked why a blind man should be armed, Rogers
tells WESH-TV: "It's my constitutional right." He later adds, "I have
been through enough, and I would like to retire."