Last sentence is so spot on! But for this witness who alleges she sees a weapon, Mr. Brown would more than likely be under an indictment. And your opening is great as well! Here's a passage from HL Mencken from a writing about the death penalty and I feel it is apropos in this case. At least how I feel.<quoted text>
As far as the grand jury makeup. Maybe, but not necessarily. Here's why. Even if these women agree it was self defense, they want him punished for contributing to the situation that led up to the use of force anyway. But from a legal stand point, if you agree it was self defense, what can you charge them with? Stupidity isn't a crime. Personally, I think he was one witness away from being charged with reckless homicide.
"The same thing precisely takes place on a larger scale when there is a crime which destroys a whole community’s sense of security. Every law-abiding citizen feels menaced and frustrated until the criminals have been struck down."
We have just come to expect that someone will be punished for taking a life that it seems ostensibly unjust when one walks free from that.