Ocala teen not charged in man's death under 'Stand Your Ground' law
The state attorney's office in Marion County said no homicide charges will be filed against an Ocala teenager who shot and killed a 40-year-old man.
In a memo obtained by Local 6, prosecutors said Tuesday that the shooting was justified under Florida's Stand Your Ground Law.
Authorities said the 17-year-old shot Julius Jerome Jacobs in the head on July 5.
Prosecutors said Jacobs got out of his vehicle after a verbal confrontation with the teen as they walked along a road in Ocala. Jacobs came toward the teen, and two other teens, with a big stick.
"Mr. Jacob's actions make Mr. Pierson immune from criminal prosecution for any murder charges stemming from the death of Mr. Jacobs," the memo states.
"You're looking at the O.K. Corral again," said Jacobs' pastor, Roosevelt Hunt. "It's open season now. The message that it's sending is it's ok to kill someone because you're going to get off on Stand Your Ground."
The teen will face felony charges that include carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.
Ocala police were trying to locate the teenager on Wednesday with no luck. Anyone with any information about where the teen may be is asked to call police.