Titusville man seeks 'stand your ground' in shooting

Man accused of shooting 3 during neighborhood feud

Published On: Sep 04 2013 01:15:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2013 01:57:35 PM EDT
William Woodward
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -

Attorneys for a Titusville man accused of shooting three people during a neighborhood feud say the charges against him should be dismissed under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

William T. Woodward's attorneys say he'd been the target of threats and was exercising his right under the state's law to defend himself on Sept. 3, 2012.

Florida Today reports 44-year-old Woodward opened fire during a Labor Day barbeque. Gary Lee Hembree and Roger Picior were killed. Bruce Timothy Blake was struck 11 times and survived.

Woodward's attorneys say the men were yelling at their client, calling him names and saying they were going to "get him." The threats happened during the month leading up to the shooting.

The motion demands that a jury should determine whether the charges are dismissed.