The focus on the Trayvon Martin case allows an opportunity to consider Florida's expansive notion of self-defense -- one which increasingly has found itself on the law books around the country. The law has proved some trouble, and not simply for young black boys and their families.
Shortly after 2 a.m., three vehicles were headed south on East Lake Road -- one driven by Brandon Baker, the second by Seth Browning, and the third by Brandon's twin, Christopher Baker. Browning told deputies that he had become concerned about Brandon Baker's driving. In an attempt to get his tag number, Browning followed him onto the frontage road. The third car followed the other two.The vehicles came to a stop, and Brandon Baker got out of his Chevy pickup and aggressively approached Browning's car, deputies said. Browning responded by using pepper spray on Baker and his brother, who was also approaching Browning's car. Deputies say Brandon Baker reached into Browning's vehicle and punched him, and he in turn pulled out his gun and shot Brandon Baker. Browning called 911 and stayed at the scene until sheriff's deputies arrived.He wasn't on duty at the time, but he is authorized to carry a gun through his employer, the Sheriff's Office said. Christopher Baker was not injured. A passenger in his car -- Amy Marcellus, Brandon Baker's girlfriend -- also was not injured. She remained inside the car during the incident, deputies said.
"Investigators questioned the accused gunman at length Tuesday but did not press criminal charges against him. He told deputies that he acted in self-defense."