Marvin Guy should be free; instead, he is in jail in Killeen, TX facing murder charges. Mr. Guy was in his bed at 5:30 am when officers decided to serve a “no-knock” warrant. He thought that someone was trying to break into his home and shot 3 of the officers, one died. He is facing capital murder for the officer’s death, despite the fact he was unaware that officers were climbing through his window.
People are against the Stand Your Ground Law as it applies to people outside the home; however, I think the majority of people agree that you should have a right to defend yourself against intruders coming into your home. Florida Statute 776.013 applies to situations where deadly force is used in the home. Under this law, a person is not justified in using deadly force against an officer if the officer is performing his or her official duties AND “the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer.” Fla. Stat. 776.013(2)(d). If Mr. Guy’s situation occurred in Florida, he should be found immune from prosecution under the Stand Your Ground Law. I hope Texas has similar laws in place.