But, the poor, unemployed, father of an 18 month old daughter he was simply defending in a moment of violent confusion prompted by an invading local SWAT team is just that: poor, unemployed and unknown.
Kim Pearson, Associate Professor at the College of New Jersey, made us aware of this story with her blog summary of Balko's lengthy expose' on this:
Late on the night of December 26, 2001, Cory Maye, 21, laid asleep in his Prentiss, Mississippi duplex apartment, with his 1-year-old daughter in a crib nearby. A armed man entered his bedroom. Maye shot the man, who turned out to Ronald Jones, 29, part of a police SWAT team searching for drugs. Jones, the son of the local police chief, died from his wound. No drugs were found in Maye's apartment, although a search of the grounds and the adjoining property produced evidence leading to the arrest Maye's neighbor, Jamie Smith, for drug possession and trafficking. Despite Maye's contention that the shooting was in self-defense, a jury convicted him of murder in January, 2004, and he was sentenced to die by lethal injection.
When going further and deeper into Balko's copious note taking in his blog The Agitator and painstaking research on Maye, one is bound to see how seriously egregious this case really is. But, it takes a firebrand, young White libertarian from the Cato Institute to make us all aware of this unfortunate young Black man's story in Mississippi where it is looking like a serious miscarriage of justice is about to take place - and it seems no one is marching 25 miles or pitching calls for clemency.