Murder Charge Dropped Against David Appleton, Lawyer Who Fatally Shot Man During Road-Rage Incident

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David Appleton is off the hook -- for now.
The second-degree murder charge against David Appleton, a Scottsdale defense attorney who fatally shot a motorist during an apparent road-rage incident earlier this month, has been dropped, the County Attorney's Office confirms to New Times. However, that doesn't mean he won't eventually be charged with a crime.

"We've asked the Scottsdale Police Department for some additional investigation before making a final charging decision," Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, says.

If you're unfamiliar with Appleton's repeated road-rage incidents -- and his fatally shooting 50-year-old Paul Pearson, a father of three -- click here.

Appleton's attorney, Richard Gierloff, tells New Times he doesn't expect the MCAO to file other charges against his client. According to Gierloff, Appleton -- who once served as the president of the Phoenix Trial Lawyer's Association -- has the law on his side.

"It was clearly a justifiable use of force," Gierloff says. "You have the right to use deadly physical force if someone's trying to kill you."

Whether Pearson was trying kill Appleton is debatable -- according to Appleton, Pearson tried to choke him before he pulled the trigger. However, police found no evidence supporting his claim that Pearson even touched him.

Regardless, Girloff says there's a new statute in Arizona that states a person can "use deadly physical force to prevent somebody from entering your car, or drag you out of your car, and there's no duty to retreat in either of those situations."

He goes on to explain -- in defense attorney-speak -- that even briefly choking someone could be considered a murder attempt.

"With a carotid choke hold, you can lose consciousness in as little as 10 seconds," Gierloff says.

Appleton, according to court records, fatally shot Pearson after the two got into an argument in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy in Scottsdale earlier this month. .

Appleton told police after he was arrested that he left a Phoenix restaurant where he'd had dinner with friends. As he was driving to his North Phoenix home, he sped up to catch a green light at the intersection of Pima Road and Thompson Peak Parkway, but he was unable to make it because Pearson's car was in the way.

While stopped at the intersection, Pearson and Appleton each rolled down their windows and exchanged profanities.

Appleton claims Pearson followed him for about a mile before he pulled into the CVS parking lot. He claims Pearson followed him into the parking lot -- and that's when he removed his loaded .38 Special from his glove box and placed it on the passenger seat.

Pearson got out of his car and approached Appleton's window as the two men continued to argue. Pearson, Appleton claims, reached in the window and grabbed the attorney's wrist. Appleton was able to break free from Pearson's grip, he says, but Pearson then grabbed him by the throat.

Appleton claims he was unable to breathe and feared he might pass out as Pearson choked him. He says he then grabbed his gun and pointed it at Pearson.

"Don't shoot me with that gun," Pearson then warned.

Appleton fired anyway, hitting Pearson in the chest.

Pearson died on the way to the hospital after Appleton called police to tell them he'd just shot a motorist.

The entire time Pearson and Appleton argued, Pearson was on his cell phone talking with his cousin. He told her he'd seen a man try to run a red light and that he was apparently upset with him. The cousin later told police she heard the two men argue before a brief scuffle. The phone then went dead.

Police interviewed Appleton following the shooting. They determined there was no evidence to suggest he had been choked or that Pearson even grabbed his wrist -- the only evidence of any injury was a broken fingernail on Appleton's pinky.

Gierloff claims, however, that the officers who arrested Appleton commented on the redness on his neck, and the shirt he was wearing at the time had buttons ripped off of it.

Neither of those claims are supported by the arrest report, and Gierloff admits he hasn't seen the report he claims provides evidence that Appleton was choked.

Appleton, as it turns out, is no stranger to road rage.

In the past year, Appleton's called Scottsdale police twice to report road-rage incidents. In both cases, police determined Appleton was the aggressor.

In March, Appleton -- who always travels with a gun in his vehicle "for protection" -- called 9-1-1 to report that he'd been cut off by another motorist and that he planned on pulling out his gun, presumably to scare or injure the other driver. The 9-1-1 operator advised him not to do it, but Appleton said he planned to anyway. In that case, Appleton didn't shoot anyone, and no charges were filed against him or the other motorist.

In another incident this year, Appleton called police to report that he spotted a woman driving 100 miles per hour. He followed her to her gated community where his pursuit of the woman ended without violence.

Neither Appleton or the other driver was cited, but police determined that based on the 9-1-1 call, Appleton was the aggressor.

With two calls to police already this year to essentially report his own road rage, Appleton didn't bother to call police when his latest road-rage incident ended with him fatally shooting Pearson.

After his arrest, detectives asked Appleton why he didn't call police when he saw Pearson following him -- as he'd done during the prior road-rage incidents. He had no answer, other than to say it was "stupid" to not call authorities.

Gierloff maintains the shooting "was clearly a justifiable use of force."

He went on to ask "were you there to contradict his version of events?"

Obviously, we weren't -- and unless the county attorney files new charges against Appleton, the defense attorney is off the hook for the death of Pearson.

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INCG
INCG

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

MGM
MGM

I haven't heard anything about this case for a while. Are they really going to let this guy walk?

Galee33
Galee33

None of these Anonymous commentators have had the nightmare of encountering David Appleton!!!  He is the aggressor and a murderer!!!  God knows... I encountered David Appleton 3 years ago with my 2 year old when he got out of his car and stated I cut him off. He cussed and was pounding on my window while I had 911 on the phone.  I will never forget his face or his car.  He has had various road rage incidents recently compared to Mr. Pearson never having any.  Mr. Appleton never even assisted Mr. Pearson after shooting him when 911 operator told him to wrap a towel around wound.  This states Tom was on driver side when police said Tom was on passenger side window while on phone with cousin. How can Tom choke David while on phone with cousin?????

Gal in Phoenix
Gal in Phoenix

Marcy needs mental help!!!  I guess I would have been justified in shooting Appleton when he followed me with my 2 year old in the car when he said I cut him off and would not roll my window down.  I called 911 and it did not stop him from murdering someone.  All I can say to Marcy is you need to encounter this mental case....Appleton!!  I will never forget my encounter with him!  Maybe you should meet him on the road too!!!  He should have been jailed long ago!  The only reason he gets away with his behavior is because he knows the laws and helps criminals get around their crimes!!!

Jmikls
Jmikls

Appleton, has had an intentional part in escalating this road rage incident: First, he has caused a traffic near-miss, when he attempted to run a red light, and could not because of the Pearson's car, that was in his way. Second, somehow, he had managed to get Person's attention enough, from within his own car at that time, to be able to get to be heard shouting obscenities at Pearson, and to get him to respond and participate. If Pearson was siting at a light, he could not normally pull up to Appleton's car, that was behind Pearson's car at that time. To get the cars to be next to each other, Appleton had to have intentionally pulled up next to Pearson's car, to continue his verbal and possibly gesture heavy ( Possibly threatening gestures ) at Pearson. (This is possible, since from the news and police report, Pearson was telling Appleton: "do not shoot me with that gun" would be very possible, since Pearson must have known: and had seen that Appleton had a gun in his hand... as in he must have brandished it at some time before at Pearson). In the midst of an argument that escalates, in the dark, Pearson would not have ever know that Appleton had a gun in his hand, unless he was showing it, or threatening Pearson with it. Fearing for his alleged safety, Appleton, could have, and knows better to: drive away from the man walking up to his car on on foot, ( most cars drive faster than 50 year old's walk), do not stop when someone is following you from a recent traffic altercation, that you have just caused, call the police, drive to a police station, or just about any other sane thing to do, anything except contribute and personally participate in a show down. As much as there is value in the self defense law, this clearly was no self defence, since Apleton caused the altrication, did not attempt to deescalate it, but rather agravated it even more, and then played in to an event where he shot and kiled a man, when this was absolutely not nesesary, or productive, as driving away would have solved this problem easily.As for character, Appleton has for years been an abusive individual who had always behaved in most circumstances as if no laws or rules that apply to others apply to him in any way. He lies, cheats, and overall behaved badly when something did not go his way for any reason. While this may have worked to his advantage in court, with some judges, it was only a matter of time, until he would come across another ill tempered individual, when a serious conflict would occur. In this case, it is a word of a proven liar, against that of a dead man. The Scottsdale police had it right, on the charges that they had arrested Appleton initially, this man needs to taken someplace where he will not harm others due to his bad driving habits or short temper. It is time to get this danger to society properly indited and convicted: Police do nor regularly or often recommend $500,000.00 bail for a first offense, and not for an attorney and a business owner of such stature in our community as Appleton, and they had recommended this bail amount in this case, knowing most of the facts as are available to them at that time. Pearson's family should be getting a Mikle Manning type of an attorney to go after Appelton for wrongfull death in civil court, since he had obviously caused Pearson's death, and had already admitted to the police that he was " Stupid" to do so...Admitted negligence, and being a long time defense attorney, gross negligence. Civil court can continue even without the criminal charge, so Appleton will pay for his road rage and for his being stupid, as anyone else would, in this type of a position. Waiting to see justice done.

Azson
Azson

I'm sure this guy provoked it but I'm sorry our state law requires a person to be indited by a grand-jury before he is arrested.

truthfully
truthfully

The 911 tape says it all--  this creep didn't even leave his car to get a towel for the victim lying on the ground as the 911 operator asked him to do multiple times to hold pressure on the wound.  He didn't even leave his vehicle, most likely, until the 911 operator asked him, assuming he did.  Instead of helping the victim, as the 911 operator pleaded with him to do, this creep waited for his victim (also the witness) to die.http://www.azcentral.com/video...

Jan_kirb
Jan_kirb

Name anybody who was ever killed by having his shirt grabbed. Zero. Appleton overreacted. He is now a brutal murderer in the eyes of anybody with moral decency. 

Justice for Pearson
Justice for Pearson

If Appleton does not go to jail and have his life totally ruined by this incident I am saddened for our entire community. This town should not rest until this maniac is taking off the streets, and obviously NEVER practice law.

Justice For David Appleton
Justice For David Appleton

Supporters of Dave Appleton, please like our Facebook page and post your messages of support for a man going through a very hard time for having to defend his life. http://www.facebook.com/pages/...

For those of you who have tried, convicted, and hung Appleton in your mind, are you really so small minded as to only look at one side of the story? Have you asked yourself any questions to challenge what the heavily biased news media is shoving down your throat?

Like why won't Scottsdale PD release the 911 tapes? They usually release them very quickly, and they refuse to provide them to anyone. They hate lawyers, and they don't want to release anything in support of them?Why did Scottsdale PD say that there wasn't any evidence at first and then all of a sudden find some evidence that was very apparent to them a week later? Even I saw the news video of Appleton being arrested and saw that his shirt was ripped all the way down to where his entire chest and stomach were exposed. And to those of you who say Appleton ripped the shirt himself, WAIT until the DNA evidence comes back.

Why would a defense attorney with 30 years of experience who knows how your life is ruined after having to use deadly force to defend your life (even if you don't go to jail) shoot someone if he didn't have to? He's seen countless lives ruined in the same scenario. He knows more than anyone that you don't just get to walk away from using deadly force to defend your life - even if you are completely in the right like he was.

Do you really think that a man who won't even eat dead animals or be in the same room as animals being cooked for his own moral and ethical reasons would kill a HUMAN out of cold blood?

Have you put yourself in Appleton's situation? You are a 60 year old man of small frame and stature. A larger man 10 years younger than you comes up to your car window and starts to choke you. Within 10 seconds, you could be unconscious. Look up sleeper hold videos on YouTube. When you choke someone with their shirt, it cuts off both carotid arteries to the brain. You are incapacitated in seconds. You are trapped in your seat belt and can't move. You've lost all muscle control because of lack of blood flow to the brain and cannot drive away. You are about to die. You have a family and friends who depend on you. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Wouldn't someone who called the cops in previous incidents where there was an unsafe driver or where he was the VICTIM of road rage call the cops in this scenario if he was able to?

People with firearms training like Appleton know that you have to shoot more than once to kill. Why did he only shoot one time? Why did he call the police IMMEDIATELY to have Pearson rushed to the hospital instead of driving away? He wanted to save Pearson's life!!!

GET THE FACTS WHEN YOU CAN. IF YOU CAN'T GET THE FACTS, THINK FOR YOURSELF BEFORE JUDGING OTHER PEOPLE. YOU WILL ONLY KNOW HOW BIASED THE POLICE AND MEDIA ARE WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOU!

NobodySpecial
NobodySpecial

Not saying what Appleton did was right, but Pearson could have just driven home instead of following the goofball.

Thomas Scharrer
Thomas Scharrer

Appleton was right on, if you try to attack me in my car you are going to get a bullet breakfast, lunch or dinner whatever you prefer. People should not play police and follow people and approach their car. I feel sorry for Paul but he was being an idiot looking to show off his martial arts skills on someone who pissed him off instead of going home to his wife and children. Pearson was much bigger and younger than Appleton. Appleton saved his life and I would do the same thing.  

KarmaKILLER
KarmaKILLER

No question this Appleton character has some serious psych issues. Who the heck has repeated road rage incidents? I've been driving the streets of Phoenix since 1983 and never once had any type altercation.  This clown is a serious threat to public safety.

cannondax
cannondax

So.  this clown gets to check off -Kill Someone, on his bucket list. Based on reports he is a guy with a little weenie trying to compensate by being aggressive on the road. How the heck does someone choke you from the passenger side of your car? Appleton is one sick, twisted POS! I wonder how many other times he got himself into altercations and there wasn't a report? What a total loser!

Jake_V
Jake_V

this fucking paper is slanted as all hell.

-Jake

alehound
alehound

I've got my lunchbox and I'm armed real well......

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Why did he roll down his window?     The little hot headed weenie wouldn't have been choked or had his little fingernail broken if he had left the window up and just drove off when the victim got out of his own car.    He was looking for a reason to use his weapon.  

Marcy
Marcy

The dead aggressor overreacted and the result was an unfortunate death.  Stay in your car, call 911, don't approach someone else's vehicle and make the situation worse.

Do  you wait until someone gets a firm grip on you before blasting them?  Do you let a rapist get a bit of penetration before shooting them?  

Don't reach in other people's cars and try to grab them is the moral of this story, it could get you killed.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

No, you are wrong.   Appleton instigated this whole thing, waited for him to approach his car and by his own testimony readied his gun in anticipation of violence.  He decided not to drive away and he decided to roll down down his own car window.   He's a dumb ass for being such an upstanding lawyer and citizen who calls 911 after displaying prior road rage aggressiveness.   Yeah, we should know what we're talking about before we shoot off our mouths off like you.   Were you there?    And what has killing someone have to do with not eating Big Macs?   It must have slipped his mind that he was such a peaceful lawyer with 30 years of experience in defending people such as himself.   I'll bet if he had thought it all out he might have just driven away when his victim got out of his car.  But we weren't there like you were.

soundsfishy
soundsfishy

Isn't Appleton a practicing Buddist?  Don't Buddist practice peace?  Bottom line is this, Appleton missed a green light because Pearson blocked him, had Appleton had the patience a Buddist has this wouldn't have happened.  There are police officers that go their ENTIRE career without killing someone.  Why not drive away?  Why didn't Appleton call 911 when he noticed Pearson pull up behind him?  Sounds like Appleton was looking to take the law into his own hands. 

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PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

their is no evidence that suggests that anyone attack anyone but Appelton.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I have several times because dumb ass people in front of me decided that I was speeding, when I Wasn't and that it's appropriate to slam on their brakes and stop in the middle of a public street. I left my window rolled up and gave them the finger til a cop drove from the other side and they took off .. lolz

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

  How is it slanted, did the Republic not report the same thing? ... of course they left out the part about previous road rage incidents, in other words they failed to deliver the whole story.  What would really be tragic is if one day down the road one of the man's children decides to put a bullet in the bastard's head... then what would have been a decent person will have wasted their life on a waste of life named Appleton.    I don't see "The Law" properly dealing with this asshole, The MCSO and MCAO doesn't have a very good track record when actually dealing with real criminals, they can't even police their own cadre of inept lawyers.  Now that he's on radar he'll probably get a couple of contracts with the gubner's office circumventing the will of the people.

Disclaimer:  While I consider the majority of lawyers, especially in Az, to be no more than ambulance chasers I do have a massive amount of respect for the handful that put the well being of citizens over that of the presumptous leadership and typical politcal dogma of the elected hardliners.  Chad Snow and all like you, continue the fight... it is a just cause and the rewards..far beyond monetary ... will favorably follow you throughout your lifetime.

Eleanor
Eleanor

This is a blog....not a newspaper.

Marcy
Marcy

Appleton stayed in his car.  The hot headed weenie who chased Appleton down and went over to his car should have not chased Appleton down, should have not opened his door, should have not gone over to Appleton's car and should not have gotten in an argument with Appleton.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I'm with you on this one, Walter. His history seems to suggest that he's taken traffic enforcement upon himself, and he was looking for pretty much any excuse to use his weapon in one manner or another. He could have kept driving and simply called 9-1-1 to report the other driver. But, he had a gun to protect himself against another person who was unarmed and reportedly talking on a cell phone when shot.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

how do you know he grabbed him? How do you know the lawyer didn't follow the guy to CVS? YOU don't. Lawyers tell lies for a living.

Abdul Muhammad
Abdul Muhammad

Where is the video? You are a very smart gal, smarter than the rest of us and quite certain of the facts (there is only one certain fact, a man died from a gunshot wound, and another man admitted killing him). No witnesses, so how do you know he choked him? Or reached in at all? Following someone is not a crime, sweetheart. Maybe he followed him to tell him what a jackass he is for driving in a manner that is tantamount to murder. If he had run a red light a killed someone you loved, I'm sure you'd have a different opinion on this entire situation. The valley is filled with reckless morons on the road, and don't expect the cops to do anything about it, they're useless, a complete waste of taxpayers money.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes that is why I called him a cold blooded murderer.Something Marcy Doesn't understand.

Marcy
Marcy

So Appleton made the other guy follow him, park, approach his vehicle and get in a scuffle?

There are consequences in life for making poor choices and the dead guy unfortunately made some poor choices.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

if I shot every idiot that drove under the speed limit and made me miss a light, then I would have to kill 3/4's of the driving population of AZ.And BEFORE you idiots accuse me of being a moron, or a bad driver, or having anger issues, it's a known fact that in some areas of PHX area the lights are timed so if some slow poke doesn't go exactly right at the speed limit or a little faster you will hit EVERY light.

Marcy
Marcy

That is excellent advice, it's a shame Pearson didn't do those things.

Marcy
Marcy

If that's happened to you "several times" you probably do have a problem with your driving.  Your subsequent actions, giving them the finger, suggests you have anger issues as well.

Jake_V
Jake_V

Would it make you feel better if I edited my prior post to change the verbiage from "paper" to "blog"?

If I am not mistaken the Phoenix New Times is a publication too, hence your insinuation that my insinuation was wrong is a feeble attempt to troll at best. ha.

John Paravicini
John Paravicini

Keep a civil tongue in your head!  That hot headed weenie was my cousin.  I'm not saying that there wasn't an argument and that cooler heads should have prevailed but that is no excuse for shooting him.  Appleton should have driven away the instant Tom got out of the car.  The police report stated that there was no sign of him being assaulted.  Appleton killed my cousin and left his children fatherless.  Go to his wife and the girls and tell them that the man who killed Tom is innocent of a crime and that this is all Tom's fault.  Shame on you!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Marcy, you're so damn dumb it's really not worth trying to counter your ignorant ass with logic.  Appleton is the hot headed weenie, you freaking half wit.  Appleton chased his victim after he got in his way from making a green light.   We all should know it's Appleton's planet and to get off the road when Appleton wants to drive unimpeded through the traffic light because Appleton shouldn't have to stop at a red light when Appleton is on his way to getting pissed off at whatever chaps his ass at that moment.   Then Appleton waits for the the victim to approach his car so can shoot him instead of Appleton just leaving his own window up, not arguing with his victim and driving off.   You need to learn how to distinguish a personal pronoun and what it means.  But that would be a miracle.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

why not, I wouldn't mind yelling at some of the stupid assed drivers here in AZ that have their heads shoved up their asses so far it makes me wonder how they can see over their dashboards.

Marcy
Marcy

 I agree, the dead guy should have kept driving and simply called 911 to report the other driver instead of chasing him down. 

Eleanor
Eleanor

Glad we agree on this one.  Very interesting personality to hear about after the fact.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

? I dont know what you mean. I replied about the lack of evidence in the case. That is the only reason why your hero isn't in jail, or at least out on bond, because of a lack of evidence that could get him convicted. IT doesn't mean he didn't commit a crime, nor murder someone, like I have said all along there isn't enough evidence for the prosecutor to risk trying the case. Prosecutors hate losing, it usually costs them their jobs. Politics needs to be kept out of their jobs.

Marcy
Marcy

I replied to a message that said nobody ever died from having their shirt grabbed.

Anything else you need help with?

truthfully
truthfully

Lodemup09, YOU ARE RIGHTMarcie, YOU ARE A PISS OF SH**

The 911 tape says it all--  this creep didn't even leave his car to get a towel for the victim lying on the ground as the 911 operator asked him to do multiple times to hold pressure on the wound.  He didn't even leave his vehicle, most likely, until the 911 operator asked him, assuming he did.  Instead of helping the victim, as the 911 operator pleaded with him to do, this creep waited for his victim (also the witness) to die.

http://www.azcentral.com/video...

Lodemup09
Lodemup09

Marcy,

You're probably some fucking defense attorney yourself.  You know as well as everyone else that Appleton didn't have to kill this man and those three kids didn't have to not have a father.  You learn that in self-defense you stop a threat by not putting yourself in a bad situation.  He baited this guy, he killed this guy, he freaked after he finally did what he's wanted to do, and now he's trying to garner sympathy from the public.  But, after hearing and listening to the 911 tapes of this incident and the others, it's clear this man was baiting people into this...he's a defense attorney...he's used to baiting people in court...and he finally got what he's apparently wanted to do for many years now.  Hope he's proud.  He used lethal force and a gun in the worst imagined manner...baiting someone.  He could have drove off, been the bigger person and not gotten upset because he didn't get his way at a light, or...like he's done so many times in the past...dialed 911.  I hope someone day you get to experience this type of loss in your life Marcy.  And, I hope that when you do, someone will blame the person you're close to for this even though they died and it didn't need to happen.   Sadly, some pos defense attorney will get this guy off by twisting the law here but you know as well as everyone else, this guy is getting away with second degree murder...his pattern clearly proves he's got issues and he baits people.  Let this be a lesson for us all, there are seriously deranged individuals like Appleton who pretend to be the victim all the while trying to bait people into his murderous wishes so he can somehow show he was "defending himself".  If this were his first time in this situation, I'd likely be more on his side...but he's been down this road many other times...He knew exactly what he was doing. 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol he's a lawyer what do you expect?

Abdul Muhammad
Abdul Muhammad

So if I remain in my car with a loaded gun and someone comes up to me to ask for directions and I kill then, that's OK? Because, anyone who approaches someone for any reason is the aggressor. Those are the facts that we have so far in this case, as this man is clearly lying.

Marcy
Marcy

We convict people based on evidence, not lack of evidence.  

What is clear is that Appleton was not the aggressor, he remained in his car. 

Lodemup09
Lodemup09

Marcy,

You're a fucking idiot.  Appleton has a pattern of serious road rage incidents where he's pulled out his gun or otherwise had serious issues that resulted in him calling 911.  Why not call this time?  Why pull over behind a CVS and wait?  Why?  Because Appleton baited this guy and this guy fell for it unlike the others Appleton tried to bait.  He's had others get out of their car during confrontations according to the 911 tapes yet he didn't kill those people...and the cops found him to be the aggressor in every other incident.  You don't use a gun like this man did.  You use it as a last resort.  This was far from a last resort situation.  You don't put yourself in a situation like that where you're going to use a gun when you have several other options...like not started this shit in the first place because you're upset you didn't get through the light because of the guy in front of you.  You don't pull over behind a building and wait for the driver you say you're afraid of to get out.  You don't roll down your window...if you're afraid why would you do this?  He's called 911 before...why not this time?  Because he's wanted to kill someone for a long time and get his "justice" against all those other bad drivers.  He's a creep who shouldn't be runnning the streets free for a long time.  He'll kill someone else again if he's let go...he'll feel vindicated and justified.  He'll do this again...no doubt about it.  His patter...or method of operation....is pretty clear.  Get upset with another driver, argue with them, threaten to use your gun, and then bait the other driver into a murder...that you can somehow justify.  This man has abused the reason and use of a gun for personal protection.  It's used as a last resort when there are no other options...not used as one of three or four options.  Fuck...even the cops try all methods of non-lethal force before they shoot your fucking ass. 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I have plenty of anger issues, who doesn't but when random people just suddenly start slamming on their brakes and stopping in the middle of the road, who is the one at fault ? It sure as hell isn't me... I drive 5 over on all roads except the freeway where I usually go 10 over.. why? so I dont get run over.

And BTW I am one of the few drivers that leaves several car lengths in front of me so... I don't tailgate.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

so? they have to toe the republican line because that's what you want?

It's their paper. Also another thing, it's free.It doesn't cost you a penny.

Lodemup09
Lodemup09

Well, according to Appleton himself he was behind Pearson at the green light...remember Appleton was upset according to him because he wasn't able to make the green light because Pearson was in front of him.  So, at some point, Appleton was behind him.  I'm not sure how Pearson would have known Appleton was upset unless Appleton let him know verbally or with a hand jesture he was upset.  And, we only have one side of the story because Appleton took care of the other side's opportunity for a story.   I don't know about you but the only way a driver in front of me is going to know I'm upset with them for whatever reason is if I verbally, or physically let them know.  Appleton's story is full of holes just like the one he put into a guy he baited into killing.  Sadly, this piece of shit will get off and will very likely kill again. 

Marcy
Marcy

Appleton would have been waiting a very long time for the aggressor to approach his vehicle if the aggressor hadn't been the aggressor.

One person stayed in their car, one person didn't.  Appleton was followed, he didn't do the following.

The hot head was the guy who jumped out of his car and went over to the other vehicle and started a scuffle.  Bad idea with bad consequences.

Lodemup09
Lodemup09

Well, certainly doesn't explain Appleton's mental issues does it?  He's a walking time bomb..well should of said was a walking time bomb because he's finally killed someone.  When this story first came out I was in support of Appleton to a degree.  Then details of what happened and didn't happen came out and then the fact that he's had at least four other serious road rage issues where he even brandished his pistol at another driver.  That's just not normal behavior.  If you're going to carry a gun...you need to carry it with common sense.  Appleton's a creep who baited this guy into this...ahd all of his other road road incidents are very similar to this one except luckily they didn't fall prey to this man's insecurities and desire to finally get his "justice" on those other drivers.  They need to find a way to prosecute this guy because Appleton is exactly the type of person who gives gun owners a bad rap and the type of person who should never be allowed to carry a gun or any other weapon that he could use to kill others for his own type of "justice". 

Lodemup09
Lodemup09

Appleton's a fucking pussy.  He knew when he pulled over behind the CVS parking lot and had his gun out he was going to shoot this man.  He baited him and sadly the other man's anger got the best of him and he fell for Appleton's insecurity issues and became Appleton's first murder victim.  Appleton is the one who was upset because he couldn't get through a "green light" because the other guy was in front of Appleton.  Now, if he's saying that bullshit then you know he was pissed and probably said or motioned at the other driver and the verbal argument began.  From there it's pretty obvious that Appleton wanted to finally shoot someone...he's threatened others before with his gun in eerily similar fashion.  I am staunchly pro-gun, ride my motorcyle carrying, and have one in my truck but I'm not going to go bait someone into shooting them like this piece of shit did.  He'll get his one way or another.  Either they''ll charge him with second degree murder or he'll get sued.  I'm sure now that the 911 tapes have been released alot of the support he's received will go away because those tapes show a man with a pattern of road rage incidents that he's started.  And, isn't funny that this time, unlike all the other times, he never bothered to call 911 like he's done in the past during his road rage incidents.  This man knew exactly what he was going to do and so do the cops.  His story is full of bullshit.  Most people pull over behind a store in a parking lot at night while being followed by an angry man when they're afraid of that person.  Then...argue with him...wait for him to get out of his car...roll down the window...let him grab you...if that shit really happened...and then shoot the man.  It certainly would have been easier to dial 911 and keep driving or at the very least wait until the guy got out of his vehicle and then took off and called 911.  Appleton baited this guy for his own insecurities because he finally wanted to get his "justice" behind the wheel against all those other "aggressive" drivers that he's managed to get into arguments with over the years.  No law should protect this prick of a man.  It's too bad Appleton can't have the other guy's kids pictures tattooed on his fucking forehead so he can see what a pussy he really his and what a monster he is to those kids.  What a fucking worthless piece of shit.  It's too bad he has to breath free air.  He should have been the one to get the dirt nap. 

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

LoL I live in my own house thank you.

I think you should give it up so that innocent people aren't killed by unstable people like you.

Marcy
Marcy

If you weren't such a hot head you might find your employment prospects improve so you could move out of the ghetto apartment complex you live in.

Laws don't cure mental illness.  You can pass all the laws you want and the neighbors in your ghetto complex will still be mentally unstable menaces.  I'm not interested in giving up my right to possess a firearm just because there are kooks that live next door to you.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I can see myself getting plugged by some ignorant asshat that gets pissed off and doesn't have the mental health care they need because AZ took that away from most people, unless you are rich. Afterall in the town I live in, when I lived in an apartment there were 4 incidents in less then a month. 2 shootings, a beating outside my doorstep, AND a pipebomb incident related to the beating. All of those shootings, and beatings and stuff all were due to idiots on drugs that were ALL AZ NATIVE people. The people here are unstable.Gun laws should be stronger here, not weaker.

Marcy
Marcy

So you don't get involved in road rage incidents except when you do, and of course it's always the other driver's fault.  You are part of the problem on the road, I'm beginning to see why this incident bothers you as you can see yourself getting plugged some day when you piss off the wrong person.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

you missed the point of what I was saying jackwagon.

My point is that I don't get involved in road rage incidents except when asshats stop in front of me and block a public road.. I don't know what people's problems are with the way I drive because I am a competent driver unlike them.

JT
JT

Well then, we may very well read about you one day in the news after you were shot and killed by another driver after your little childish road rage incident.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

you can't have it both ways, from what I have read the guy who shot FOLLOWED the other driver into the CVS parking lot.

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