Judge Returns Guns to Blind Florida Man Who Fatally Shot Friend

After John Wayne Rogers, who is legally blind, was acquitted of premeditated first-degree murder, a county judge reluctantly returned his pistol and rifle.

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A judge in Seminole County, Fla., reluctantly returned two firearms to a legally blind man who was acquitted for killing a friend under the "Stand your ground" law, Gawker reports.

According to the site, Judge John Galluzo returned a 10-mm pistol and a rifle to the accused after dismissing the jury and awarding John Wayne Rogers immunity under the state's "Stand your ground" law.

"I have to return property that was taken under the circumstance," Galluzo said. "I have researched and haven't found case law to say otherwise."

Rogers was accused of premeditated first-degree murder after shooting a "drinking buddy" in March of 2012 after a "long drinking session," Gawker notes. The victim suffered one gunshot to the chest with a .308 Remington assault rifle from approximately 18 inches away.

Rogers has already been on probation before for firing 15 rounds at a cousin, and was also jailed for pushing and punching a woman in a domestic incident three years ago.

Although his guns were returned, he will have to buy new ammunition, as his old set was not given back for being "too old and dangerous."

Rogers said "it's [his] constitutional right" to be armed.

Read more at Gawker.