A North Carolina man who claims to have been on “neighborhood watch” shot and killed a 20 year old outside of his home Monday. (August 8) Chad Copley later placed a call to 911 saying he was trying to protect his family from “hoodlums.”
The 39-year-old was charged in the death of Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas and held without bail at the Wake County Detention Center. Police said Copley used a shotgun but authorities aren’t revealing the type of shotgun or the ammunition used.
As Copley entered the courtroom, CNN reports he winked at his family before the judge assigned the capital defenders office to defend Copley. It was later revealed that Raymond Tarlton would defend Copley and in a brief statement, Tarlton said its too soon in the case to make any definite decisions.
“We have seen too many wrongful convictions for anyone or any organization to jump to conclusions on the basis of someone being charged,” the statement said.
While this case hasn’t sparked the national attention of others, it bears an eery resemblance to the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchman, was found not guilty for the murder which divided the country.