In October 2012, Timothy Highsmith broke up a fight between two men on a Philadelphia sidewalk. He had a legal concealed carry weapon which he drew in breaking up the fight but did not fire it. Shortly after the fight stopped, one of the men involved in the fight, 280-pound Willie Scott attacked Highsmith, began following and threatening him. When he approached closer, Highsmith shot Scott out of fear for his own life. He was subsequently charged and convicted of third-degree murder. A Superior court voided the murder charge, but did say that Highsmith should have been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
A licensed gun owner who fatally shot a man who he claimed harassed and attacked him on a Philadelphia sidewalk shouldn’t have been convicted of third-degree murder, a divided state Superior Court panel has ruled.
Instead, the panel majority concluded in a recent opinion by Judge Carl A. Solano that Timothy I. Highsmith should have been convicted of a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter for the October 2012 death of Wille Scott.
The Superior Court’s 2-1 ruling vacates Highsmith’s murder conviction and 7 1/2- to 15-year prison sentence and sends his case back to county court for resentencing on the substituted manslaughter charge…
Highsmith should not have been arrested or charged with any crime. He was leaving the scene of the fight he broke up, when Scott, who outweighed him by 100-pounds, followed and threatened him. Highsmith was not trying to stand his ground, but was leaving when Scott attacked. Highsmith fired in self-defense, so why should he face any charges? He’s not guilty of murder nor is he guilty of manslaughter. The only thing he is guilty of is self-defense, something liberals cannot stand.