The Latest: Lawyer says Florida deputy not guilty in killing
The Associated Press
Dec. 11, 2015
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — The latest developments in the arrest of a Florida deputy on charges of manslaughter in the 2013 shooting of a man carrying an air rifle. All times local.
The attorney for a South Florida deputy says his client will be cleared of manslaughter charges in the 2013 shooting death of a man carrying an air rifle.
Attorney Eric Schwartzreich said at a bond hearing Friday that Broward sheriff's deputy Peter Peraza was doing his job when he fatally shot 33-year-old Jermaine McBean. Schwartzreich says Peraza had no choice but to treat the authentic-looking rifle as a real gun that was a threat to the public.
A judge set a $25,000 bond for Peraza, who faces 30 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter with a firearm. Peraza has been suspended from the Broward Sheriff's Office without pay pending the outcome of the case.
McBean's family welcomed Peraza's indictment, claiming there has been a cover-up in the case.
A South Florida sheriff's deputy has been charged with manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of a man who was carrying only an air rifle and may have been unable to hear police commands because he was listening to music through earbuds.
A grand jury indictment released Friday charges Broward sheriff's deputy Peter Peraza with manslaughter with a firearm in the shooting of 33-year-old Jermaine McBean, who was black. The charge carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors said Peraza turned himself in Friday morning. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer to speak for him. The Broward Sheriff's Office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
McBean was shot by Peraza after 911 callers reported seeing him carrying what appeared to be a real rifle down a busy street.