Maryland man faces weapons charges after point-blank shooting

A Maryland man who apparently was attempting a stunt with a bulletproof vest is facing serious charges after he allegedly shot and killed his friend. The man, age 30, is facing weapons charges in addition to accusations of violent crimes, including first- and second-degree murder. The man and his friend may have been attempting a stunt in the style of the popular television show “Jackass,” according to officials.

News reports indicate that video of the incident exists, as the friends were recording their supposed stunts. First, the decedent was ‘dared’ to lick a toilet, which he reportedly did. Before the shooting, the victim said he was prepared to take a shot in the chest because of the bulletproof vest. However, the prank turned deadly when the defendant apparently missed the vest, causing catastrophic injuries and allegedly causing the man’s death.

Attorneys for the defendant say that he did not have any malicious feelings toward the victim. However, the defendant was ordered to be held without bail, as a judge determined that the alleged crime constituted “dangerous behavior.” The man was characterized as a reckless person who posed a serious danger to the outside community.

Still, attorneys in the case say there is some legal precedent for this type of stunt-related death. In another state, a defendant accused of a similar violation was only charged with involuntary manslaughter. The man’s lawyers say that the incident was fueled by the use of alcohol and drugs, and it should not warrant such serious allegations.

Criminal defendants facing murder charges must proceed with care and thoughtful legal strategy, as these allegations are extremely serious. No matter the relationship of the two parties, allegedly killing another human being can lead to dire consequences. Those facing homicide charges — no matter the reason — still deserve the unbiased legal protection of the American justice system.

Source:  The Baltimore Sun, “Man who killed friend in bullet-proof vest stunt is held without bail” Danae King, Jul. 21, 2014