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Palm Beach man aquitted of murder. News Team

Norman Borden refused to be the victim of a hate crime. When Hispanic gang members tried to attack him, he killed two in self-defense. Police arrested him and as he awaited trial his four dogs were euthanized and Hispanic gang members burned down his house.

From Florida Sun-Sentinel…

After two hours of deliberation, jurors agreed that Borden’s use of deadly force was justified, acquitting him of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Keeping with extremely tight security during the trial, nearly two dozen deputies, including several in plainclothes, were called into the courtroom for the verdict. Several deputies stood behind Borden, who has been the victim of death threats and arson.

Borden’s safety was of such concern Monday that Public Defender Carey Haughwout declined to disclose his future plans, saying she had taken measures to ensure he would not be walking out of the Palm Beach County Jail alone.

“He’s very relieved, he’s just very relieved,” Haughwout said.

“He recognized his life was on the line, but he always had confidence the jury would do the right thing.”

For the past eight months Borden has been behind bars, he has been unable to deal with the “amazingly traumatic” experience of that night, Haughwout said.

“I think it’s going to be a long process,” she said.

Borden’s story serves as a sad commentary on the influence of gangs in a community such as Westgate where Borden lived, Haughwout added.

In the end, the 2005 Florida law that allows a person to use deadly force when faced with bodily harm and eliminates the duty to retreat probably was not even a factor in the verdict, both Haughwout and prosecutor Craig Williams said.