On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no-knock raid.
The officers were looking for drugs, yet no drugs were found in the home.
Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th, based on a seemingly bogus informant tip off about drugs being dealt from the home.
Likely alarmed by the men climbing through his windows at 5:30 in the morning, unannounced, Guy and his wife sought to protect themselves and their property and fired on the intruders- in self-defense.
Dinwiddie, along with three other officers were shot while attempting to breach the windows to the home, according to the department’s press release.
“The TRU was beginning to breach the window when the 49 year old male inside, opened fire striking four officers.”
Since the shooting occurred during the break in, a reasonable person would assume they had not yet identified themselves as police officers. How on earth is this not self-defense?
On December 19, also just before 6am, Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, led a team in a no-knock marijuana raid on Henry Goedrich Magee’s mobile home in Somerville.
Also startled by these intruders, Magee opened fire, fearing for the safety of himself and his then pregnant girlfriend.
Sowders was unfortunately killed among the chaos.
Last February, just a few months before the fateful raid in Killeen, all charges against Magee were dropped when a Texas grand jury refused to indict, based on them believing he feared for his safety and that this was a reasonable act of self-defense.
So why are prosecutors seeking the death penalty in the case of Marvin Guy? He is a victim of police negligence, even more so than Magee, yet he must die?
Friends and family of Guy want to know the answers to these questions too. They have since launched a petition on change.org which asks for the charges against Guy to be dropped.
The petition was launched 6 months ago. However, just in the last 2 days, it has gotten 99 percent of all the signatures.
The petition states:
S.B No 378, Texas’ version of the “castle doctrine, “permits the use of deadly force when an “actor” believes someone has “unlawfully and with force entered, or was attempting to enter unlawfully and with force, the actor’s occupied habitation…” appears to have been upheld here, yet unable to be applied to Guy’s situation.
In the media, Magee is shown with a child in the picture chosen to be displayed, while Guy is shown in what appears to be a mug shot. It appears that the media would like to criminalize Guy, while making Magee to be the family man who was only protecting his home.
It is always a tragic, unfortunate event when anyone loses their lives, especially in the line of duty. But how can we essentially say that one person was defending themselves and another was committing murder, under such similar circumstances? Guy was defending his wife and home, just as Magee believed he was doing. And Magee actually had the things the warrant was searching for, while Guy did not. One could argue the Magee may have wanted to protect himself from going to jail. No drugs were found in Guy’s house. Besides, if beyond a reasonable doubt is needed to convict, how can we be certain that Guy knew that the person(s) entering his home, at 5:30 in the morning, were peace officers, something required for the capital murder charge? Guy deserves to be treated fairly and the same as another man who acted in self-defense or what any other reasonable American would do.
Guy is not to blame for the death of Dinwiddle, the state is. Their immoral war on drugs lays waste to all who come in contact with it.
There has already been enough tragedy and lost life in the case of Marvin Guy. Unjustly taking another life will not right these wrongs.
It is time for the state to stop kicking in doors, shooting dogs, kidnapping, caging and killing people for their decision to ingest a plant.
Marvin Guy was simply exercising the right from which all other rights are derived, self-defense.
As John Locke stated, self-defense is the first law of nature. Each person owns his or her own life and no other person has a right to take that life; regardless of a badge and uniform.
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