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An Army sergeant who shot and killed a gun-toting protester after a wave of Black Lives Matter protesters hemmed in his car was convicted of murder on Friday.
Daniel Perry was found guilty of murder in the July 2020 death of Garrett Foster, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
He was cleared of a charge of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with allegations he deliberately drove into the crowd of protesters.
“We are disappointed in the verdict both as it relates to Daniel Perry and as it relates to a citizen’s ability to defend themselves. We are hopeful that the case will ultimately be overturned,” defense attorney Clint Brode said, according to NBC.
Two different versions of the incident emerged at the trial, according to the American-Statesman. In the defense version, Perry was swarmed by protesters. In the prosecution version, Perry drove into the crowd deliberately in a rage — a charge from which he was cleared.
After Perry stopped, he encountered Foster, who was carrying an AK-47 at the time. The defense argued that Foster pointed the rifle at Perry, prompting Perry to fire in self-defense. The prosecution argued that the rifle was never pointed at Perry.
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