‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense Rejected in Iguana Killing

Prosecutors say the suspect “savagely beat, tormented, tortured, and killed” the 3-foot iguana in a half-hour attack caught on surveillance video.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A judge has rejected the “stand your ground” defense of a Florida man who said he beat an iguana to death only after it attacked him, biting him on the arm. PJ Nilaja Patterson, 43, must stand trial on a felony animal cruelty charge, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen ruled recently in denying the unusual defense, the South Florida SunSentinel reported. The “stand your ground” law…

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