COLLEGE STATION - Jerry Gribble is a long time criminal defense attorney in College Station. He has successfully defended people who were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Stephen Stem has not been charged and may never be charged for the shooting death of Perlie Golden. Gribble says Chapter 9 of the Texas Penal code is clear on the issue of self defense.
The code reads: "Deadly Force" means "force that is intended or known by the actor to cause or in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing, death or serious bodily injury."
Gribble says self defense is justified if a person is using deadly force or a deadly weapon lawfully.
Gribble also says whether the person with the weapon is a teenager or a 93 year old woman, age doesn't matter.
The District Attorney and law enforcement will review the case. It will be later determined if there was justification in Stem's actions and if law was broken.