Saturday, March 19, 2016
Followup SC: Dustin Blackman Found Justified in Shooting of Antwan Chaplin
But on Wednesday, Backman told jurors during his murder trial that he shot Antwan Chaplin in self-defense when the drunken 29-year-old tried to pull him from his SUV.
The jury acquitted Backman, 31, after deliberating for a short time later in the day.
His case is the latest locally to center on the S.C. Protection of Persons and Property Act, the state’s “stand your ground” law. He and his lead attorney, Bill Thrower, had tried to have his charge thrown out before the trial, but Judge Deadra Jefferson denied his bid for immunity.