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Man Who Killed Man Driving Away Claims Self-Defense

Case will test Texas' 'stand your ground' law
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2021 4:01 AM CDT
Updated Oct 26, 2021 6:51 AM CDT
Man Who Fatally Shot Person Driving Away Claims Self-Defense
Terry Turner's mugshot.   (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Terry Turner got up to use the bathroom shortly before 3:40am on Oct. 11 and discovered, he says, someone parked in his driveway. The 65-year-old Texas man ran for his gun and went outside, where, he told police, the car quickly backed up and started driving away as Turner chased it. Then he fired, police say, killing the driver, 31-year-old Adil Dghoughi. Turner, who turned himself in Friday on a charge of first-degree murder, claims self-defense, CBS DFW reports. CNN reports the case could test the boundaries of Texas' "stand your ground" law.

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Turner called 911 after the shooting, telling the dispatcher he shot after Dghoughi pointed a gun at him, but police found no weapon in Dghoughi's possession. An attorney for Dghoughi's family says his windows were up when he was shot. Dghoughi's girlfriend believes he got lost and had pulled over to look up directions. Turner's lawyer says he was defending himself when he shot Dghoughi, but would not answer a question about what threat an unarmed Dghoughi, a Moroccan immigrant, posed to Turner from his car as he drove away. Dghoughi's family has been frustrated by how long it took for charges to be filed, but say they will keep fighting until justice has been served. (Read more Texas stories.)

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