“Stand Your Ground” Acquits Florida Man Who Killed His Wife’s Lover

As we gear up for the beginning of George Zimmerman’s trial tomorrow. Let’s take a moment and look at how another “Stand Your Ground” case in Florida turned out recently. As you know Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is the centerpiece of the upcoming trial. And if you’ve been following this site, you’ll know that I have highlighted other cases involving the law since Trayvon Martin was killed (you can click the links at the end of this post to read them).

Having said that, let’s take a moment to check out a story involving a 70-year-old man recently acquitted for murdering his wife’s lover. The gentleman’s name is Ralph Wald, and he is currently enjoying the rest of his life as a free man thanks to a jury who agreed that killing his wife’s lover was justified. And trust me, this story is so crazy that it will have you shaking your head.

This from wfla.com:

TAMPA, FL – Ralph Wald is a free man. The 70-year-old walked out of the Orient Road late Thursday night after a jury acquitted him in the shooting death of his wife’s lover.

stand-your-ground-ralph-wald-wife-courtWald never tried to duck from what happened at his home. He says he awoke to get a drink of water, to find 32-year-old Walter Conley having sex with his wife, 41-year-old Johnna Flores in his living room.

He says he shot Conley dead, thinking he was an intruder attacking his wife.

“I had no idea. I had no idea that my wife was having an affair. Zero,” Wald said.

Wald shot Conley three times, including once in the head. He told the jury, he was trying to stop a rape.

“If the same thing happened again, I would do the same thing. I didn’t think I did anything wrong,” said Wald.

The jury agreed.

If you think this is crazy, watch the video below:

It’s my understanding that they were married for five months at the time of the fateful shooting in their livingroom. I don’t know how long they may have dated prior to marriage, but Ward says he has no plans to divorce her anytime soon. Yep, apparently Mr. Ward takes his vows seriously. According to Wald, his wife’s “bad decisions,” are a direct result of a mental disorder coupled with her love for alcohol. But hey, love conquers all, right? Well, maybe not love entirely. It doesn’t help if you have a gun, bullets, and Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law at your back.

Listen to Wald’s exclusive interview:

Will Stand-Your-Ground acquit Zimmerman?

So here’s the question: Do you think Wald would have been acquitted if he was a black man? I’m only asking because according to research, black folks tend to fare better in Florida using the Stand Your Ground defense. My guess is that no jury would have believed his story. Shoot, it’s hard for me to believe it myself. If I walked in on my wife and another man having sex in my livingroom at 3:00 AM, I doubt whether I’d assume that she was being raped. And I seriously doubt whether a jury would believe my black ass like they did Ralph Wald’s rape story.

stand-your-ground-ralph-wald-wifeWald’s attorneys successfully argued that their client’s case fell under the jurisdiction of the Stand Your Ground law, a self-defense plea used by defendants who witness a situation where someone appears to be in harm’s way and the only option is to intervene with deadly force. Nearly half of the fifty United States have some form of the law.

Wald claimed he did not recognize Conley, one of Flores’ former boyfriends, when he found the two having sex on the living room floor at roughly 3:00 am on March 10, 2013. The couple had been married for under five months at the time.

Prosecutors argued that Wald, who suffers from erectile dysfunction, murdered Conley in the midst of a jealous rage.

It’s a personal insult to conduct that kind of activity in a man’s home, his castle. It cuts to the quick. It’s brazen,” Assistant State Attorney Chris Moody said in his closing argument. “That kind of deep and personal insult, when you find another man having sex in your living room and you can’t, would make you want to lash out. And he did.”

On the witness stand, Flores claimed she was “black-out” drunk and unable to remember much about the night in question. Flores and Wald were married only weeks after Conley was arrested for shooting at Flores, whose home he had been staying at for several weeks in October of 2012. (source)

I could be wrong, but like Wald, I believe George Zimmerman will not be convicted for the death of Trayvon Martin. That’s right, Zimmerman will be found not guilty and acquitted of murder. Okay, I know the case hasn’t even begun and we have yet to hear oral arguments. But the fact remains: Zimmerman is white, and Trayvon Martin is black; and it’s really that simple. Okay, so he’s really Hispanic; but hey, I’ll just pretend that justice is blind and hope for the best. That would be, that the a jury doesn’t buy into the characterization of Trayvon Martin as a thug who deserved a bullet.