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Kent Man Not Guilty In Shooting Death, Acted in Self-Defense

Posted by James H. Curtis | Jan 28, 2023 | 4 Comments

A King County jury found Darian Downing not guilty of murder in the second degree in the shooting death of Marcus Golden. The jury believed that Downing acted in self-defense and that he was not engaged in criminal conduct at the time of the shooting.

In Washington, a homicide is justified if a person believes that he or she is in danger of great person injury or a victim of a violent felony. Downing's defense alleged that Golden attempted to assault him with brass knuckles and tire plug insertion tool. Ultimately, the jury was asked to decide whether Downing acted reasonably and whether the force used was in proportion to the threat posed by Golden.

A diverse jury that included six men and six women returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating for a little over three hours.

Downing cried after the verdict was read by the trial judge. He had spent nearly two years in jail with bail set at three million dollars. Because the jury found that he acted in self-defense, Downing is entitled to reimbursement for all reasonable costs, including loss of time, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in his defense.

Downing's defense lawyer, James Curtis, argued that Downing acted in self-defense and that the prosecution ignored evidence and witness statements that demonstrated Golden's intent to assault Downing with weapons. Curtis noted that “Downing will now be tasked with rebuilding his life after two-years of incarceration.”

Prosecutors had alleged that Downing shot Golden after an attempt to intervene in a domestic dispute between Downing and his girlfriend. During trial, the jury learned that Golden armed himself with brass knuckles and a tire plug to confront Downing over an ongoing noise dispute.

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James H. Curtis

As principle attorney and founder of The Curtis Firm, LLC., James Curtis provides expert representation in a variety of matters, including cash seizure and forfeiture, DUI, criminal defense and personal injury. For more than 14 years, he has been aggressively advocating and winning cases for clients in and around Western Washington.


James Womack Reply

Posted Jan 28, 2023 at 10:10:38

Congratulations James!!

Ephraim Benjamin Reply

Posted Jan 28, 2023 at 11:00:15

Congratulations on a well deserved victory, providing Justice to your client, who was wrongfully charged, with the State actors ignoring the jeopardy your client was placed in, by acting as a good citizen. Your client intervened in a domestic incident and as a result of his intervention, he had to defend his life. A non-biased investigation would have come to the correct conclusion that your client had acted in self defense and he would not have been charged. I am very happy for you and your client! The question I have is, why was he charged? Why was the investigation biased? Was it because an African-American was forced to defend himself with a firearm, which led to a biased investigation and a biased determination by the prosecutor’s office to charge him, for protecting himself? A right that he has under Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution!

Arcenia Fox Reply

Posted Jan 29, 2023 at 06:20:13

My dad would be very proud or you.
Well done.

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