Cordell Jude Guilty of Manslaughter, Sexual Snub Leads to Prison Sentence, and More

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Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.

This week, Cordell Jude convicted in alleged "self-defense" killing, a sexual encounter gone wrong lands a woman in prison, and more:

  • Cordell Jude guilty of reckless manslaughter

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    A jury found Cordell Jude guilty of manslaughter, but not guilty of second-degree murder, for the 2012 shooting death of Daniel Adkins in Phoenix. The incident happened in a Taco Bell drive-through, as Adkins was walking his dog. As Jude was pulling out of the Taco Bell, he nearly hit Adkins before slamming on the brakes in time. Adkins yelled at Jude, and Jude -- whose pregnant girlfriend was in the passenger seat -- said Adkins came after him with some sort of metal pipe before he shot him. No such pipe was found. He faces a possible prison term ranging from seven to 21 years when he is sentenced on January 8, 2014.

    Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery issued a statement on the conviction, saying, "Despite the defendant's assertion of self-defense, his actions did not meet the narrow provisions under Arizona law which allow citizens to use deadly force when immediately necessary to protect themselves against another's use or attempted use of unlawful deadly physical force. Today's verdict also demonstrates the jury's dedication to weighing all the evidence to reach a conclusion about the specific crime to convict the defendant of."

    See also: Cordell Jude Charged in April "Self Defense" Killing of Daniel Adkins

Next page: Sexual snub leads to 10 years in prison
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Health_Care_Provider
Health_Care_Provider

Lets call this another reason to call Stand Your Ground Defenses d a refuge for murders.  These laws need to be repealed.  


Not a word about weapons charges.  Any info on that?

Health_Care_Provider
Health_Care_Provider

Lets call this another reason to call Stand Your Ground Defenses  a refuge for murders.  These laws need to be repealed.  


Not a word about weapons charges.  Any info on that?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Da ho sho got wot she 'served. F'all you studs out there, 'member... finance fo romance.

robert_graham
robert_graham

As a matter of fact now that I think about it, I can't recall there was ever any rallies or protests by the Hispanic community in the Cordell Jude case.  But if Cordell Jude was white instead of black there would have been plenty of protests and he would have been labeled a racist!  Pathetic!

robert_graham
robert_graham

He should have been found guilty of first degree murder!  But because he wasn't, it's time for some real outrage on the streets of Phoenix.  Just remeber people that he killed a HISPANIC man.  So now you same people who protest our immigration laws should this time be protesting the injustice in this case. Or do you even care?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  what does this have to do with immigration? if someone is hispanic do you just assume they are an immigrant?  your hatred for hispanics is overriding common sense twit

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