William Woodward is claiming President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive invasion of Iraq as part of his legal defense for allegedly killing two of his neighbors and attempting to kill a third person on Labor Day.
The alleged crimes occurred in Titusville, Florida on Monday. Woodward allegedly snuck up on his neighbors while they were having a Labor Day barbecue at around 12:30 a.m.
Woodward is accused of shooting and killing Gary Lee Hembree and Roger Picior, and wounding Bruce Blake, notes Florida Today (video below).
Woodward is charged with first-degree felony murder and attempted first-degree felony murder.
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Woodward's attorneys filed a motion with the court asking for charges against him to be dropped under Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law because his neighbors had allegedly threatened him hours before the shooting.
His lawyers claimed the victims had called Woodward names and allegedly said: “Come on boys. We’re going to get him. We’re going to get him, all three of us.”
Rather than call 9-1-1 and report the men to the police, Woodward's attorneys claim their client “exercised his right under Florida law to defend himself and his family that night.”
The attorneys also filed a document that mentioned “The Bush Doctrine,” which was the former president's foreign policy to justify the invasion of Iraq as a pre-emptive war.
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Source: Florida Today