Convicted Ped Mall shooter's "stand your ground" hearing set for next week
The man convicted in a deadly Ped Mall shooting in Iowa City last August is heading back to court hoping to be cleared by Iowa's new “stand your ground” statute.
New court documents obtained by CBS2/FOX28 show Lamar Wilson’s hearing for his immunity request is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22.
He had previously tried to push for immunity from trial because of his “stand your ground” defense, but a judge ruled his motion to dismiss would be considered only after the trial. Last week, Wilson was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter two counts of assault with the intent to inflict serious injury, and intimidation with a dangerous weapon for the shooting that killed 22-year-old Kaleek Jones and injured two others.
Wilson's lawyers argued he shot a gun in self-defense, because he feared for his life.
The state law passed last year, allows people to use "reasonable force against an aggressor in defense of oneself."
If Wilson is not granted immunity, he faces up to 24 years in prison. His sentencing date is set for March 30.