Judge rules in favor of 'Stand Your Ground' motion in Boynton Beach man's shooting death
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A Palm Beach County judge gave a confessed killer his freedom late Friday night.
Samuel Barber III is now a free man after Judge Laura Johnson ruled in favor of the controversial "stand your ground" defense.
The judge knew that Barber may have shot and killed 40-year-old Kunta Riddick, but at the same time said the state didn’t prove that Barber wasn’t in fear of his life and didn’t act in self-defense.
CBS12 News stopped by Barber’s apartment in Greenacres to ask him about his newfound freedom, but gave a surprised look and said nothing but no comment.
But from the family of the man of Kunta Riddick, the man who lost his life that November night, had plenty to say.
“I don't know how to feel,” Troy Riddick said. “To tell you the truth, I don't know how to feel.”
Riddick was shocked by the judge's ruling.
“Yup, very,” he said. “He got shot in the back. I mean, he got shot in the back. That's all I can say.”
Barber turned himself into Boynton Beach police soon after the killing.
During one of Barber's previous court proceedings in November, CBS12 News spoke with his sister, Samantha Barber.
“He wouldn't run because he wouldn't be guilty,” she said. “It was self-defense.”
Some family members say Kunta Riddick's killing was in retaliation for the killing of his brother, Kelcey, just three months earlier.
The alleged shooter, investigators say, was Samuel Barber's brother, Derrick.
Our partners at the Sun Sentinel say a woman who had a child with Barber.
“All I can do is try to hold it together,” Troy Riddick said. “That's all I could do.”
However, the Riddick family says this is not over.