The defense says a “woke left mob” on social media encouraged a group of black men to kill a white family in Philadelphia and cause widespread chaos before the teens began to explain what led up to the incident.
Korryn Gaines’ defense lawyers told jurors Monday that the teen defendants, Mistakes Gaines, Kareem Sanders and D’Andre Owens, thought they were protesting the death of Michael Brown when they confronted her and her two young children last year outside their apartment.
“The reason why they went out was a reaction to a confrontation with Ms. Gaines,” Peter Quijano, the legal advisor for the defense, said in his opening statement. “When they first saw each other, they stared at each other, not sure who to be mad at.”
“At the end of the day, they went out to protect themselves from people taking advantage of them. They went out to avoid being assaulted by a group of black thugs,” he added.
Quijano, a former prosecutor, also accused Gaines’ neighbors of wanting trouble when they allegedly posted on social media about the “deep upset” about the protests last October.
The jury will receive the case in its entirety.
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Noah Pope was scheduled to appear on “Fox & Friends” Monday to respond to the defense arguments. Watch his take in the video above.