One day before Easter, Michael Reid lay dying on the floor of a house near Pine Hills.
Reid was 22. He was on his back, blood from five bullet wounds pooling around him. There was a gun holster in his waistband, and a loaded 9 mm pistol, his mother's, inches from his hand.
And there were witnesses who all said the same thing: Reid went to the house uninvited to get a few belongings from Nikita Jackson, an ex-girlfriend. He was arguing with her and five people she brought home with her, including Jaime Agustin Casanova-Nater, a friend's boyfriend. When Reid pulled out his mother's gun, the witnesses said, Casanova grabbed his legally concealed .45-caliber Springfield Armory pistol and fired six shots.
Faced with the testimony and evidence, the local State Attorney's Office declined to prosecute the case Aug. 5.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Some Situations Argue For An Intermediary
From Aug. 19, 2015 Orlando Sentinel: