New details emerge in Lilburn shooting

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    Jan 30, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    Way past my bedtime but I thought I would post this before I crash. It is a case I think will be prosecuted and the defendent will be convicted. Having said that, I am saying is pure supposition. -- cj


    By Christian Boone and Alexis Stevens

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    The 22-year-old Duluth man shot by a Lilburn resident Saturday night after he accidentally pulled in the wrong driveway was struck just as he was driving off the 69-year-old retiree’s property, according to the incident report released Tuesday.

    Officers said they arrived to find Rodrigo Diaz, 22, slumped over the steering wheel of his red Mitsubishi, parked at the end of Phillip Sailors’ driveway, heading east. Blood covered his face and, the report states, his breathing was labored.

    Diaz was pronounced dead the following morning from a .22-caliber bullet that entered the left side of his head and fragmented, causing severe brain damage.

    The accused shooter now sits in a Gwinnett County Jail cell charged with murder. According to the Lilburn police report, Sailors has said little about the incident save for a “spontaneous utterance that he shot the driver” to responding officers.

    Two callers to 911 reported two gunshots and loud screams. One of the callers said a man could be heard yelling, ‘Why was someone trying to get inside [his] house.”

    Sailors’ lawyer said the retiree, home with his wife at the time, acted in self-defense.

    “He is very distraught over the loss of life from the defense of his home,” attorney Michael Puglise said Monday. “This incident happened late in the evening hours when he was home with his wife and he assumed it was a home invasion and he maintains his innocence.”

    But Diaz’s friends say they were the innocent ones, having pulled into the Hillcrest Road driveway after receiving bad information from their GPS. They were picking up a friend to go skating with them.

    Yeston Jimenez, 14, who was in the car along with his brother and Diaz’s girlfriend, told Channel 2 Action News that Sailors confronted them when he saw their car in the driveway, shooting once in the air.

    Police arrived to find Diaz’s girlfriend covered in his blood, unable to get her boyfriend to respond.

    After his arrest Sunday, Sailors declined, through his attorney, to speak with police.

    Lilburn police are releasing few details.
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
    In Georgia this guy might get off on self-defense, especially as the victim appears to have a Latino name.
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    Jan 30, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    Adults usually wait for the conclusions of an investigation before jumping to conclusions.
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:37 PM GMT
    This is what passes for southern hospitality these days. At least the old man said *something* before putting bullet in the brain of the young man.