In York City, Pennsylvania, Michael Yeaple, 27, has just got away with murder. He shot and killed James Robert Weimert, 29, who was unarmed, on 12 November last year in a road-rage incident. And the District Attorney, Dave Sunday, has now said Yeaple will face no charges.
According to Sunday: “Based on incontrovertible evidence, it was clear to us that we would have a burden to overcome regarding a self-defense claim…we’re of the opinion that we could not meet that burden beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The law puts the onus of proof on the prosecution – it’s up to the prosecution to prove that someone did not act in self-defence, not for an accused to prove that did act in self-defence.
After their two cars crashed they started arguing and it turned physical. Their wives and children were in the respective vehicles at the time.