Capital Murder Charge Dismissed Under Alabama’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Capital Murder Charge Dismissed Under Alabama’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

An Alabama judge has dismissed a capital murder charge against a man, ruling he acted under the state’s Stand Your Ground law, allowing people to use deadly force in self-defense. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Alaric May on Saturday issued an order dismissing the charge against Samuel Bernard Smith, 23, of Birmingham. Police say Kirby Kermit Davis, 32, was shot on December 20, 2018, at an apartment complex where Smith lived. Smith was arrested in early 2019 and has been released from prison since last year. May ruled because Smith was robbed and kidnapped by four men he had a right to defend himself.

An Alabama judge has dismissed a capital murder charge against a man, ruling he acted under the state’s Stand Your Ground law, allowing people to use deadly force in self-defense.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Alaric May on Saturday issued an order dismissing the charge against Samuel Bernard Smith, 23, of Birmingham.

Police say Kirby Kermit Davis, 32, was shot on December 20, 2018, at an apartment complex where Smith lived. Smith was arrested in early 2019 and has been released from prison since last year.

May ruled because Smith was robbed and kidnapped by four men he had a right to defend himself.