- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who tried to have the murder charge against him thrown out under South Carolina’s so-called “stand your ground” law has been acquitted during a trial.

A Charleston County jury acquitted 31-year-old Dustin Backman on Wednesday, the Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/22nezNj) reported.

Backman had been charged with murder in the shooting death of 29-year-old Antwan Chaplin in North Charleston two years ago.

Assistant Solicitor Mark Bourdon said in court filings before the trial that Chaplin and Backman sold drugs at a mobile home park and that the shooting stemmed from an argument there. Prosecutor say Backman tried to drive out of the community, but Chaplin chased after him, leading Backman to shoot him.

Bourdon says Backman could have avoided the whole thing if he just kept driving. “If you were afraid, you could have kept moving,” Bourdon told Backman Wednesday.

Backman testified he shot in self-defense when Chaplin tried to forcibly pull him from his SUV.

Backman’s attorney, Bill Thrower, had earlier tried to have the murder charge dismissed saying his client was immune under the stand your ground law. A judge rejected the request for immunity.


Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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