Brandon Estle Case And Self Defense Argument

Brandon Estle Case And Self Defense Argument

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Brandon Estle walks into court today hearing two very different versions of the night he killed his friend Justin Hasty.  Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich says Estle brutally beat his friend to death--stuffed his body in a large tool box and shot the remains.  She says Estle borrowed money from the victim and came to Hasty's rental home looking for more. 


Defense attorney Jeff Deen paints a different picture.  He says Hasty was the aggressor at Hasty's home and began demanding his money back from Estle.  Deen says the victim hit Estle in the knee with a baseball bat and then pointing a gun at him.  Deen says his client's brutal response was because he was high on drugs.  I asked dean if he would be satisfied with a manslaughter conviction.


"We'll let the jury decide what's fair and that will be fine with me," says Deen.  One issue this case highlights is the use of the Miranda warning.  Judge Charles Graddick ruled statements Estle gave to police confessing to the death can't be used in court.  Mobile Police investigators kept asking Estle about the case despite his requests for a lawyer.  I talked to several attorneys this afternoon--while none wanted to talk on camera, most said the same thing--the interview should have stopped as soon as Estle asked for his lawyer. 

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