Man guilty of murder

Man guilty of murder

There are 26 comments on the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story from Apr 26, 2006, titled Man guilty of murder. In it, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that:

Ekrem Jakupovic, a Bosnian War refugee, was convicted Wednesday in Muscogee County Superior Court of murdering a Mexican immigrant on a Columbus construction site in 2004.

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mellisa

Auburn Hills, MI

#1 Apr 30, 2006
My opinion is defense in case of ekrem jakupovic. the judge peters gave him unfair sentence. Jakupovic was defending himself from the man that was beating him.
Laura

Atlanta, GA

#2 May 1, 2006
In reading other stories on this event it is obvious that Mr. Jakupovic was acting in self defense. Ekrem had doctors testify as to the extent of his injuries, he had an impartial eye witness testify that he was trying to run away from the crew as they continued to beat him and he had 2 police officers testify for him. Mr. Sanchez, from all that I've read, only had his family to testify. Now who would believe, witnesses who have no connection to either party or the relatives of one of the parties? I think Mr. Jakupovic was convivted because the man that was killed was mexican. Because of all the other things going on with the mexicans right now, ie illegals protesting for their rights (get legal and then you'll have rights), they couldn't send down a verdict of not guilty (which is what it should have been)because they were probably afraid that protests would turn into riots. God forbid we should do anything to offend the mexican people, whether they are legal or not. Had it been somebody from any other country, even our own country, Ekrem would not have been convicted.
Beth

Marietta, GA

#3 May 1, 2006
I would like to know what the judge would have done. If a crew of people were hitting him on the head would he just stand there? Would he not realize that, even if not stated, several men hitting him in the head with boards is an implication they may be trying to kill you? Or at the very least, didn't care if they did? Add to that being on a rooftop where a scuffle, if gotten out of hand, can lead to one falling to their death with their body twisted on the pavement below. If knocked blind, which a hard knock in the occipital region of the skull often does, its probably that one that will be doing the falling. From the ground, the police can be called, I understand that. But even I, as an American born and raised, do not have that much faith in the judicial system. Maybe this judge does but I think they're too blinded by their careers, social climb and political status to realize our judicial system hasn't been interested in truth or justice in many years. Their interests lie in the time taken for jury trials and deadlines, who gets the better lawyer and who argues better. Truth doesn't have alot to do with it. Winning does. Everybody wants to win whether a person is guilty or not. As for whether a man would hit someone after having a gun drawn on him, I know a man who had a gun pointed at him in an argument then disarmed the man and beat him with the gun. Who is this lawyer, not having known Sanchez and his mind or reactions, to question in disbelief a man doing such a thing? He knows only what he would do. If you stand on the ground and call the police to have someone arrested, you then stand the chance of them getting out the next day and still working with them, have them or their crew proceed with acts of revenge. If, as an American, I feel this way, how would an immigrant feel? You have a right to justice, a right to pursue happiness and a right to freedom. Not because of any U.S. constitution or courtroom. You are given that right as a human being. But, you also have a right to remain silent while someone collects their things from a roof. In the courtroom, you have a right to have your fate decided by people who were not there to witness any event, a jury filled with pity from family photos of a dead man, and a quest by 2 attorneys to win a case. I feel myself for the two families involved as both of them had someone they loved taken away from them. I do not feel for someone who hits an armed man in the head with a board, blinding him, and ends up dead. I feel as well for our judicial system and any innocent person in the future who has to face it. Folks, you'd better get out your video cameras and keep them running because it could be the only thing that could one day stand between you and life of imprisonment.
VALI-GA

Englewood, CO

#4 May 2, 2006
Beth wrote:
I would like to know what the judge would have done. If a crew of people were hitting him on the head would he just stand there? Would he not realize that, even if not stated, several men hitting him in the head with boards is an implication they may be trying to kill you? Or at the very least, didn't care if they did? Add to that being on a rooftop where a scuffle, if gotten out of hand, can lead to one falling to their death with their body twisted on the pavement below. If knocked blind, which a hard knock in the occipital region of the skull often does, its probably that one that will be doing the falling. From the ground, the police can be called, I understand that. But even I, as an American born and raised, do not have that much faith in the judicial system. Maybe this judge does but I think they're too blinded by their careers, social climb and political status to realize our judicial system hasn't been interested in truth or justice in many years. Their interests lie in the time taken for jury trials and deadlines, who gets the better lawyer and who argues better. Truth doesn't have alot to do with it. Winning does. Everybody wants to win whether a person is guilty or not. As for whether a man would hit someone after having a gun drawn on him, I know a man who had a gun pointed at him in an argument then disarmed the man and beat him with the gun. Who is this lawyer, not having known Sanchez and his mind or reactions, to question in disbelief a man doing such a thing? He knows only what he would do. If you stand on the ground and call the police to have someone arrested, you then stand the chance of them getting out the next day and still working with them, have them or their crew proceed with acts of revenge. If, as an American, I feel this way, how would an immigrant feel? You have a right to justice, a right to pursue happiness and a right to freedom. Not because of any U.S. constitution or courtroom. You are given that right as a human being. But, you also have a right to remain silent while someone collects their things from a roof. In the courtroom, you have a right to have your fate decided by people who were not there to witness any event, a jury filled with pity from family photos of a dead man, and a quest by 2 attorneys to win a case. I feel myself for the two families involved as both of them had someone they loved taken away from them. I do not feel for someone who hits an armed man in the head with a board, blinding him, and ends up dead. I feel as well for our judicial system and any innocent person in the future who has to face it. Folks, you'd better get out your video cameras and keep them running because it could be the only thing that could one day stand between you and life of imprisonment.
Hi, I completely agree with you. As a matter of fact I'm from the same country as Ekrem is, and feel that judgment was not fair. Also, the fact that the judge would not allow his layer to ask the Sanchez's if they are here legally or not, seams a little bit discriminatory. If Ekrem was illegal, that would definitely be brought up.
Amela

Carrollton, GA

#5 Apr 16, 2007
I would like to that all of the people that are supporting my uncle. He is my moms brother and I have always been close to him. He is an amazing man and this situation is basically killing my family. My grandmother, his mother, is wasting away minute by minute because of the unjustice put upon her son. He is not capable of murdering someone, he has too good of a heart just like the rest of my family. He was beaten so bad that the doctor told him he was lucky to be alive. The lawyer for the case was horrible. He did so many things wrong, he gave the court wrong pictures, he brought the wrong wood that was used to beat my uncle. He was horrible lawyer and I believe he had something against my uncle, he made my uncle believe that he was going to be free and obviously that was not the case. I do not understand why Americans are supporting all of these illegal Mexican immigrants. It is not fair and something has to be done in order to prevent all this bad stuff from happening. My family is devistated because of these illegal Mexican immigrants and the American justice system. Once again, thanks for all of the support!
Amela

Carrollton, GA

#6 Apr 16, 2007
*i would like to thank*all of the people that are supporting my uncle!
Amela

Carrollton, GA

#7 Apr 16, 2007
This judge is unbelivable. Judge Peters should rot in hell. I bet in my uncle was killed the ILLEGAL!!!Mexican immigrant would have been free because it was self defense but nooooooooo SINCE HE IS A MUSLIM he got the life sentance!! TELL ME WHERE THE JUSTICE IS IN THAT? Americans need to stop supporting these ILLEGAL Mexican Immigrants because they are ruining the life here in America. THEY SHOULD PAY TAXES JUST LIKE ALL OF US DO. they should not be here illegaly. My uncle came here to have a good life, he has always helped people, always donated money to all types of charities, never had any bad records, started his own company without any money, FOR WHAT? TO let a damn ILLEGAL MEXICAN IMMIGRANT RUIN IT ALL?
John

Boulder Creek, CA

#8 Apr 25, 2007
I am confused... Are you for immigration or against it?
amela

Carrollton, GA

#9 Apr 29, 2007
illegal immigration totally against it
ztin

Decatur, GA

#10 May 8, 2007
as a police officer i know that if somebody has a gun pointed at you, you would not be trying to attack him you would be running. this goes to show that ekrem had his gun in his waist and as a police officers we are trained that if somebody is trying to attack us with a deadle weapon susch as a wooden board we have the right to use deadly force. ekrem acted in selfdefense
anti illegal immigrants

Utica, KY

#11 May 22, 2007
the freaking gov needs to stop these pests from entering this great country...look what they are doing to people...illegal immigrants need to go to hell with all this shit
emsud dergic

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Jun 13, 2007
I think what happend ekrem jakupovic was becose that he is a muslim man,and of 9/11.I think all the illegal mexicase can go to hell.
F..K MEXICO and if any budy wonts to talke to me ([email protected])
Ekrem Jakupovic was were good friend with my dad back home...
mela

Carrollton, GA

#14 Jun 27, 2007
ekrem's case is going back to court on july 10 to try and do over the previous case. I hope everyone has him in their prayers . He is a good man and does not deserve this.
Alice

AOL

#15 Jun 28, 2007
I am praying that as many people as possible are (of all cultures) are surrounding the court house in behalf of Ekrem the day he goes back to court.
Let the people know how you feel.
I will be moving to Ga from Mi real soon, and believe me when I see these acts go on I will begin rallies. Please rally for Mr Ekrem.
Peace
FREE THE INNOCENT

Carrollton, GA

#16 Jun 30, 2007
the date is JULY 10, begins at 12pm and its in Muscogee County,GA at the Muscogee County Superior Court
je mx

Orlando, FL

#17 Jul 12, 2007
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS NOT RIGHT IS THE MEXICANS BEING IN USA FOR FREE..NOT PAYING TAXES...RIPPING OFF THE GOVT..
IF U BELIEVE IN THAT THEN THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH U..
IF THEY LIVE HERE THEY NEED TO FOLLOW THE RULES..
PAY THE DAMN TAXES
GET A DAMN CITIZENSHIP
MANY OTHER PPL COULD HAVE COME IIN HERE ILLEGALY BUT DECIDED NOT TO BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT IS WRONG...BUT THESE MEXICANS DONT KNOW FROM RIGHT AND WRONG...
WHY DO U THINK THERE IS SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE SOCIETY!
HEARTBROKEN

Dawsonville, GA

#18 Jul 17, 2007
It is so sad to see what is happening to our country. I am planning on getting my nationalization papers because I don't want to be one of the Americans that the law thinks they can just throw in jail and Kill. Yes, I mean kill and then say it's suicide, trust me.. I KNOW for a fact this is happening all over America. I am proud to be an American but it's sad that we ALL have to fear for our lives when we are the government. To Alice.. What part of Michigan are you from? I have family there so was just curious if you don't mind me asking. Yes, We all need to stand up for this individual whom is being rail roaded just like so so so many others. Look what has happened to Larry Peliter!
Free the innocent

United States

#19 Aug 3, 2007
if anyone witnessed ekrem defending himself please....
email us at [email protected]
i know some people have said they talked to people who said they saw him defend himself..
please come forward and help us set him free because he is innocent
thanks!
Ena Chicago

Chicago, IL

#20 Aug 10, 2007
This is all so wrong. Having him sentenced life in prison for defending himself while those illegal cockroaches were beating him up. I hope Mr. Jakupovic takes this case to US Superior Court and also please get a new lawyer b/c Martin is an asshole for not providing any evidence as that sanches asshole was criminal even back in mexico. Also I read that 15 months ago the mexican who got killed had beaten some guy with baseball bat. And also he had lot of criminal record here in USA. why wasn't he kicked out in the first place when he encounter d with police. Was there any criminal issues with Mr. Jakupovic No it wasn't. anyways im American born but my parents are from Bosnia and against this injustice i will stand up to. If you guys need anything let us know. Bosnian-American Community in chicago
to all americans thank you so much for supporting mr jakupovic. those illegal cockroaches need to pay taxes and get them the fuck out of our beautiful country
Judge Bobby Peters

Tigrett, TN

#21 Jan 21, 2008
I just wanted to respectfully clarify that under Georgia law, if any person is convicted by a jury of felony murder, the sentence is required to be life in prison with release being allowed by the Pardon and Parole Board. The Judge cannot reduce the sentence or change it. The sentence is mandatory. In addition, the judge does not decide the case. The jury of 12 individuals listen to the evidence presented by the lawyer for the person on trial and by the District Attorney and they then make their decision. This was a sad case and one with conflicting evidence and testimony. One event happened on the ground and one on the roof. The jury evidently felt going to the roof after pointing the gun at the Mexicans on the roof, Mr. Jakupovic then went to the roof with the gun. The Mexicans said they picked up the poles and hit him trying to protect themselves and knock the gun out of his hand. Mr. Jakupovic said he shot the two individuals trying to protect himself because the Mexicans were hitting him with the poles. Both sides saying self-defense with the jury having to make a determination based on the witnesses and evidence put up by the lawyers. I cannot as a Judge give opinions or be bias in any case and I was not. I also cannot respond to questions and cannot say what I personally think about any jury verdict. This was a sad and unfortunate case and one which hurt many many lives on both sides. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to explain the law on the charge of murder in Georgia. Judge Peters.

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