In a perfect TV version of a court case, the victim of the crime would be a sympathetic, hardworking soul, unwitting prey for an obvious bad guy. The bad guy would be a menacing sort with a record as long as your arm.There are some twists and turns to this case that are already making it tougher than usual.
In the real-life manslaughter case against Lawrence Storer, the roles might seem like they've been flipped.
Awaiting his trial, Storer runs a busy Thai restaurant in downtown Tampa. He's a self-made owner of a small business. He has no criminal record. He is accused of getting into his Ford Explorer and running down and killing 24-year-old Shantavious Wilson two years ago.
Wilson was a felon who had just robbed Storer at his restaurant, pointing a gun at his head before running off with the money.
Just a comment about her TV reference: What you are, nuts? Movies almost always portray the vigilante as the good guy. You must not be paying attention. (Death Wish, The Annihilator, Defiance, In Broad Daylight [a true story there, by the way], etc., and several others that I can't remember the name of right now).