On April 3rd, Daniel Adkins, a 29-year-old unarmed Hispanic, was killed by Cordell Jude while he was walking his dog by a Taco Bell in Arizona in "self-defence." Adkins was almost struck while walking by the drive thru. The police report states that "the driver slammed on the brakes, just missing Adkins. The two men exchanged words." Daniel and Cordell had an angry exchange, which led the 22-year-old black man to shoot Adkins, killing him.
The driver was with a pregnant woman in the passenger seat. At first, the couple said that Adkins was waving a metal object, such as a pipe. "The shooter told police that Adkins 'air swung' his hands in the direction of the SUV, but acknowledged he never hit him or his vehicle." No weapon was found at the scene, according to the local news.
The man who killed Adkins claimed self defence and has not been arrested. Why? A Facebook Page has been set up for Justice for Daniel Adkins, where the killer's name and Twitter account is revealed. One of the shooter's photos is a gun, sitting on somebody's lap (presumably the killers). Does a photo like that reveal something about the shooter's personality? Was this really self defence?
Daniel's parents searched for him that night, but missed the Taco Bell, as reported by CNN. They knew something was wrong when animal control showed up at the door with Daniel's dog, Lady, the morning after Daniel Adkins was killed. Lady stayed by Daniel's side, even after he was killed.
The CNN article, not surprisingly, focuses on gun laws. However, the "stand your ground" laws are about actual self-defence, actual life-threatening situations. This has to be proven in a court of law. One cannot just shoot another human being and call it self-defence.
One of the reasons this case is so bizarre is that an unarmed man was killed in what seems to be a simple dispute. If Cordell Jude felt threatened, why did he not just roll up his window and call the police? Jude told police he had "no choice but to shoot. He said he couldn't drive away from Adkins because the dog was in the way and he 'thought he had no other options,' according to the police report."
CNN attempted to contact the shooter, but instead spoke with a man who identified himself as his father. "The man didn't want to be named and stood behind the door of his home, warning that he had a gun in his hand. He defended his son's right to use deadly force." Interesting family.
"The whole world fell on top of us. It has been so hard to know that he is not here with us anymore," said Marina Reyes, Daniel's sister. James Adkins, Daniel's uncle said, "He is not threatening in any way. There is no way that anyone could be threatened by Daniel, he is just not that way he has the mentality of a 12 or 13-year-old." Daniel's cousin set up a petition to raise awareness.
The family is demanding justice.
This case has received little attention from the mainstream media. Watch the tribute video: