Black Man Charged With Murder In A Race Related Attack Wins His Freedom As He Acted In Self-Defense

Black Man Charged With Murder In A Race Related Attack Wins His Freedom As He Acted In Self-Defense

Stephen Spencer was charged with homicide, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats following the defensive shooting that resulted in the death of Christopher Williams. However, he recently walked away a free man.

The right to use deadly force to protect one's property or even to prevent bodily harm or death to one's person is a legally observed right in the United States criminal justice system. But the argument has always been in the favor of white folks. There have been countless instances when that legal right has been wavered for a black person, like in the case of Marissa Alexander.



 

But for one black man, luck was in his favor when he was acquitted of all charges against him in a defensive shooting that resulted in the death of his assailant. 31-year-old Stephen Jamal Spencer was found 'not guilty' for the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Christopher Williams.



 

The incident took place last year, outside the Saints and Sinners Irish Pub located in Pittston, Pennsylvania. As per reports, the fatal incident was triggered after a white patron of the bar refused to shake Spencer's hand due to his race, following an argument over a game of pool. Spencer visited the bar with his neighbor Henry Gift, a white man. When the two were leaving the bar that night, Gift was attacked from behind by two people. According to defense attorney John Pike's court statement, Gift's own attack stopped when he heard a single gunshot ring out a little ahead of him. 



 



 

As per Spencer's attorney, the 31-year-old testified that he fired his weapon in self-defense as a group of menacing attackers aggressively approached him outside the bar. The group allegedly moved towards Spencer, calling him a 'n***er'. Pike also pointed out that Spencer, who he described as a hard-working family man, had a valid concealed carry permit for the gun, and had no history with any criminal activity.



 

Spencer was subsequently charged with homicide, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats following the fatal shooting. He spent a year in jail fighting for his freedom, and after a four-hour deliberation by the jury, Spencer walked out as a free man. 

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