Beating by Hammer

Apr 3, 2012 by

by Donna Garner –

At the top of the following article are the photos of two African-American young males who were charged with the brutal “beating by hammer” of a 50-year old man that took place not far from Sanford, the town in which the altercation between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin occurred. This type of brutality could explain why Zimmerman was trying to protect his neighborhood.

John Lott wrote in today’s FoxNews.com article:

I have conducted the only published, refereed academic study on these laws, and I found that states adopting “Castle doctrine” laws reduced murder rates by 9 percent and overall violent crime by 8 percent.

Prior to the “Stand Your Ground” or “Castle Doctrine” laws, citizens who wanted to defend themselves from a criminal had to retreat as far as possible and then announce to the criminal that they were going to shoot.

But forcing a victim to take time to retreat can put their life in jeopardy, and a prosecutor might draw the line differently in whether a victim had retreated sufficiently. There have been many cases where victims have been chased and knocked down a couple of times before firing in self-defense, but prosecutors thought that the victim still could have done more to retreat before firing their gun.

The debate was over victim’s safety, and it was a bipartisan concern that crossed all racial lines. Florida’s Senate passed the “Stand Your Ground” law by a 39 to 0 vote. The Florida House voted 92 to 20…

The focus on a single case to evaluate laws that have been in effect for years in over 40 states is troubling enough. But right now it looks as if the rush to reform is based on nothing more than bad reporting.

To read this FoxNews.com article, please go to:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/04/03/trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-and-medias-misleading-rhetoric-on-guns/

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

 

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To see the photos of the two African-American young men charged with the 50-year old man’s “beating by hammer,” please go to this link: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-02/news/os-two-arrested-seminole-beating-20120402_1_victim-arrest-affidavits-crimeline

 

 

Two arrested in brutal hammer beating in Seminole

5:43 p.m. EST, April 2, 2012|

By Gary Taylor, Orlando Sentinel

 

Julius Bender, left, Yahaziel Israel arrested in beating (Seminole County Jail, Seminole County Jail / Apr 02, 2012)

 

A tip to Crimeline has led to the arrests of two men in a brutal beating that occurred a week ago in the Midway community east of Sanford.

 

Julius Ricardo Bender, 18, and Yahaziel Isaac Israel, 19, face charges of attempted first-degree murder, burglary with assault or battery and armed burglary.

 

 

The victim, a 50-year-old Winter Springs man whose name has not been released, is on life-support at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

 

Deputies were called to the area of Lincoln Street and Beardall Avenue about 6:30 p.m. March 26 to investigate a report of a man being beaten, Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Smith said.

 

They found the victim in the woods on the north side of Lincoln Street.

 

According to arrest affidavits:

 

A witness told deputies he heard someone screaming for help and saw two men pull the victim from his vehicle. He said he watched as one man held the victim and the other beat him in the head with a hammer.

 

After they dragged the victim into the woods, the men drove away in his sport utility vehicle, which was later found abandoned about a half-mile away on Garbo Jack Lane.

 

Investigators got a break in the case Thursday, when a tip to Crimeline named Bender and gave the street name of the second suspect.

 

On Friday, investigators learned Israel’s fingerprints had been found both inside and outside of the victim’s vehicle.

 

The witness was shown photo lineups and picked out Bender and Israel as the men he saw beating the victim. He said Bender was the man wielding the hammer.

 

Both men were arrested late Friday.

gtaylor@tribune.com or 407-391-9681

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