CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) - Two Clark County brothers acquitted of murder charges used the so-called Castle Doctrine to win their case.
Jordan and Anthony Hottenstein werefound not guilty of murder Wednesday.
Their lawyer, Richard Mayhall, successfully argued that the brothers had a right to shoot Jamez Hall during an altercation in July 2011.
"They were in their car and the evidence showed that a robbery was taking place. The judge told the jury that the defendant was acting in self defense," Mayhall said.
The Castle Doctrine says that your home or your car is your castle and you have the legal right to defend it.
In the Hottenstein case, authorities found a semi-automatic weapon with a round in the chamber on Jamez Hall at the time of his death.
"It's a tragedy, but there was evidence that the deceased had been talking with his associates that day about robbing the Hottensteins. So that, combined with the gun, made it very clear that a robbery was under way," Mayhall said.
The Castle Doctrine took effect in Ohio in 2008. Several states use it as a defense.
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