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Sgt. Rolls founds not guilty in stand your ground case

Fri, Apr 26, 2013

Who Got Busted?

 Jason Rolls

A St. Landry Parish jury has found Air Force Sergeant Jason Ivy Rolls not guilty of manslaughter in the May 2010 shooting death of his wife’s ex-husband, Michael Hall.

We began following Sgt. Rolls legal troubles over a year ago after learning that local media would not, The Advocate in Baton Rouge.

Shortly after the shooting, Sergeant Rolls was cleared of any wrong doing by the Air Force.

One of the first things that captured our attention was an excerpt of a police statement written by then-Assistant Police Chief Chris David of the Krotz Spring Police Department that states, “Jason Rolls met force with force…”

That statement clearly implies that the Assistant Chief felt Sgt. Rolls acted in self defense.

According to Louisiana Law, (RS 14:19), “a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and who is in a place where he or she has a right to be shall have no duty to retreat before using force or violence… and may stand his or her ground and meet force with force.”

So why was Sgt. Rolls arrested in the first place and did the 27th Judicial District Attorney’s Office try to pursue a case that they knew had no legs?

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