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Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ defendant is convicted in slaying

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Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ defendant is convicted in slaying

A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE said Wednesday he was convinced that a disabled, retired Marine was being attacked in the moments before he fatally stabbed a man last October, but he concluded that the stabbing was still a criminal act rather than self-defense.

Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner then convicted Jonathan Lowe, 57, of voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of crime. The judge found him not guilty of the more-serious charges of first- and third-degree murder.

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  • Mike_Sr

    Whew! This story is very strange… Wounds in the back? Taunting after the man was no longer a threat and still trying to stab him. Wow! I’ve heard of getting carried away with an adrenaline rush. But, not knowing the full transcript I am still not at all sure I can fault the judge in this matter. Of course there is always the appeal process.

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