Man out of jail after fatally shooting Huntsville teen

Updated: Jun. 22, 2016 at 5:38 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A man accused of fatally shooting a Huntsville teen outside a neighborhood grocery store is out of jail.

Jonathan Scott posted a $20,000 bail Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said Scott shot and killed 16-year-old Mustafa Bearfield on Tuesday after the teen took several items from inside Scott's truck.

Several viewers have questioned what justifies a shooting during a theft or robbery and what can land you in trouble with the law.

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Legal analyst Mark McDaniel said you really have to take these incidences on a case by case basis when analyzing them.

McDaniel has practiced law for decades in Huntsville and worked more than a hundred murder, theft, and robbery cases.

According to the Huntsville attorney, Alabama state law allows someone to use deadly physical force if another person is about to use unlawful deadly physical force against them. But McDaniel warned a lot of these cases and questions about whether a shooting is justified comes down to what a jury decides.

He also gave this example of what constitutes and does not constitute justification to shoot at another person.

If you see someone stealing your lawnmower in your yard, you can't run out there and shoot them. Especially if they're running away from you. Now, if you're pushing the lawnmower and someone comes up and puts up a gun and says give me the lawnmower that's called robbery and you can use deadly physical force then.

According to the Huntsville Police Department, Tuesday's fatal shooting will head to a grand jury. That process is expected to take at least a few months.

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