Man Acquitted After Testifying Shooting Self Defense

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ A man who tried to have the murder charge against him thrown out under South Carolina's so-called ``stand your ground'' law has been acquitted during a trial

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ A man who tried to have the murder charge against him thrown out under South Carolina’s so-called “stand your ground” law has been acquitted during a trial.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that a Charleston County jury acquitted 31-year-old Dustin Backman on Wednesday.

Backman had been charged with murder in the shooting death of 29-year-old Antwan Chaplin in North Charleston two years ago. Backman testified he shot in self-defense when Chaplin tried to forcibly pull him from his SUV.

Backman’s attorney had earlier tried to have the murder charge dismissed saying his client was immune under the stand your ground law. A judge rejected the request for immunity.

Prosecutors argued both Chaplin and Backman were drug dealers and the shooting stemmed from an argument.

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