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Was Oscar Pistorius Standing His Ground?

Oscar Pistorius, the Olympian also known as “Bladerunner” has been charged with committing premeditated murder when he fired four shots into a locked bathroom door, hitting his girlfriend cowering on the other side. His girlfriend sustained gunshot wounds to her head, hip and arm leading to her death. Pistorius' defense team has argued that the killing was a tragic mistake, saying the athlete had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder.

If this happened in North Carolina, what does the law say? Recently, North Carolina adopted the law known as the “stand your ground law.” The law states that if you are in a circumstance on your property (also includes while in your vehicle) that you fear for your life, you can use deadly force even if there is an opportunity for you to flee. Basically, it is “intruders beware” in North Carolina. That being said, a person would have to prove that they had a reasonable belief that there was an intruder and that they felt their life was in danger.

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