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His defense was self-defense: Man found not guilty of 2019 killing after rare bench trial

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – For the primary time since October 2019, Laquinton Blackwell is now not a defendant in a homicide case. However don’t waste your time on the lookout for the true killer. Blackwell, who was 31 on the time, shot and killed Antoine Johnson, 39, however the choose mentioned it was justifiable self-defense.

Blackwell had simply given Kendra Hines a trip to a house on Adkins Circle in Suffolk the place she lived along with her uncle, Maurice McClain. Blackwell and Hines had dated prior to now. Johnson confirmed up on the lookout for assist with a flat tire. Johnson had dated Hines for a number of years.

Johnson noticed Blackwell, and Blackwell’s legal professional Mike Rosenberg mentioned that’s when Johnson went berserk.

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“He takes Ms. Hines down the hallway right into a room, and in line with Ms. Hines, he choked her out. Mr. Blackwell mentioned he heard a slap, Mr. McClain mentioned he heard some noise. Then [Johnson] leaves the room and comes down the hallway and assaults Mr. McClain, and opens up the aspect of his head fairly properly,” Rosenberg mentioned in a Monday morning interview.

After which Johnson, persevering with his rage, turned to Blackwell, punching him within the face. However Blackwell was armed with a 40-caliber Glock pistol.

“There was a battle, and Mr. Blackwell shot him,” Rosenberg mentioned, no less than six occasions. He suggested his consumer to go for a uncommon bench trial on the second-degree homicide cost. There can be no jury.

Blackwell’s destiny can be within the arms of Decide Lawson Wayne Farmer. Final week, Farmer acquitted Blackwell.

“Decide Farmer mentioned as soon as Mr. Johnson attacked these folks in the home, and as soon as Mr. Johnson punched Mr. Blackwell within the face, at that time Mr. Blackwell didn’t must say, ‘Nicely, let me see if he’s armed or not.’”

Acquitted on the costs he confronted, Blackwell is now making an attempt to rebuild his life.

“It is a veteran, it is a man that goes to work day-after-day, it’s simply terrible for him,” Rosenberg mentioned, including that he has already begun the method of getting Blackwell’s clearance restored as a welder at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

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