Following article gives a lot more detail of the shooting.
"According to evidence in the case, Scott's daughter telephoned him on her way home to tell him she was being followed. Scott met his daughter and some friends outside his house, told them to go in and lie down on the kitchen floor and then went around to the front yard with a gun.
It was unreasonable to expect that Scott is required "to go back into his house, in his castle ... and hope that the cavalry (police) are going to come ... . All that matters is that Mr. Scott felt his life was in jeopardy," Rutherford said.
Rutherford's view of events was challenged by 5th Circuit Assistant Solicitor April Sampson, who presented evidence hoping to show Scott had no idea who he was firing at.
During the August hearing, Rutherford said the real villains in this case were the carload of teens that followed Scott's daughter and her friends home from a club. They should be charged with "felony murder," a charge that means that they caused Niles' death, even though Scott was the one who put the bullet in his head, Rutherford said.
If a store owner shoots and mistakenly kills a bystander during an armed robbery, Rutherford said, the store owner isn't charged with the bystander's murder, but the robber.
During the hearing, Murphy heard conflicting testimony as to whether anyone fired at Scott while he was in his front yard that night.
Niles might have had "honorable intentions," Rutherford said, but the teen put himself in danger "by following my client's daughter home at 1:30 in the morning."
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, an opponent of giving people broad latitude to kill others under the authority of a Stand Young Ground law, said, "In this military, you would call Niles' death collateral damage.'
"I guess the question is, How much collateral damage do we want to have?"
TIMELINE FOR APRIL 18, 2010 shooting
>> A 15-year-old girl and five friends leave a nightclub just after midnight
>> They are pursued by four young women in an SUV.
>> They arrive home and tell her father, Shannon Scott, they're in danger.
>> Shots are fired from the street. The friends run inside.
>> Armed with a gun, Shannon Scott goes to the front yard.
>> Scott fires several times.
>> Bystander Darrell Niles, 17, in a separate car, is killed.