"Stand your ground" sets blind marine free - FOX 35 News Orlando

"Stand your ground" sets blind marine free

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A blind marine who spent nearly 2 years in the Seminole County jail is now a free man.

A judge ruled Friday that the March 2012 shooting death of 34-year-old James Dewitt was justified under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

A jury would have started deliberating Friday in the murder case against 40-year-old John Rogers but instead he was released from jail after a judge ruled his case qualified as "stand your ground."  

A friend of the victim, Daniel Miller who was there the night of the shooting says he was stunned to find out Rogers is now a free man.

"Self defense I guess he claims, on the other hand you know you can't just take a life like that," Miller said.

Rogers took the stand in his own defense saying Dewitt attacked and threatened him. However some witnesses say the shooting was unprovoked.

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