I’m on plane right now headed home from Atlanta, GA. The last time I was in Atlanta, GA was two years ago. I came down for some firearms training with someone who I once considered more than a friend. That friendship is now over and I thank the good Lord for that every day.
Professionally, one week from yesterday, I am leaving an industry that I have been a part of for the past 11-1/2 years. It’s bittersweet. I plan on remaining involved on a personal level, but on the other hand, I’m glad I won’t be a part of it on a daily basis for reasons that I can’t get into right now.
In November of last year, just a couple months ago, I received a Facebook message from a woman who I have never met. She was asking me for help. Her friend had been charged with several crimes in two states and he was potentially going to be charged with crimes in two others. She asked me to call her friend’s attorney to talk about my trip to Georgia two years ago. Hesitant, I picked up the phone and made the call.
Some people would say that doing the right thing isn’t always doing the right thing, but I disagree.
This past week, I testified in court on behalf of the defendant, a man who is currently on trial for his life and so much more. While I didn’t originally want to go down there without having to be subpoenaed, when I got down to Georgia, I realized there was so much more to this story and the charges against the defendant were bogus.
While I don’t have a personal relationship with the man on trial, he’s more of an acquaintance really, I had information that could prove his innocence and lack of involvement in certain alleged acts.
I have ever been a witness in a criminal trial before. Have you? It’s pretty nerve racking. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The defense attorney was so busy he didn’t really have time to prep me.
When my name was called by the deputy outside of the courtroom, my heart immediately began racing and I was regretting that Philly Cheesesteak I decided to eat for lunch just an hour beforehand.
I left Georgia with two new friends and a feeling like I did the right thing. I truly hope it helps the defendant in this case. I know a lot more facts will come out soon, but if you’re ever faced with a situation like this, get all the facts before you decided that someone is guilty or innocent. Don’t pick sides just yet, because you might find yourself defending the wrong person. I did.