Kenneth Roop's lawyer says his client is not guilty
Man accused of shooting door to door salesman says he's not guiltyPhoto: Video by fox4now.com
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - 52 Year old Kenneth Roop sits in a jail cell tonight accused of shooting to death 30 year old door to door meat salesman Nick Rainey Wednesday afternoon. Roop's lawyer says his client will be pleading not guilty.
"Not guilty plea will be entered right away along with the demand for all evidence," said Attorney John Musca.
According to the Cape Police probable cause affadavit, the shooting happened after Rainey was leaving Roop's home trying to sell him meat products. One witness did not hear yelling or or that there was a problem before Roop first shot Rainey in the shoulder, then in the head while Rainey was on the ground wounded at the end of Roop's driveway. We asked Roop's lawyer if this was accurate.
"What is your side of the story?" asked Fox 4 Reporter John Rupolo.
"The facts and circumstances which gave rise to the allegation are still being considered, researched, and investigated by this office," said Musca.
But we may get a glimpse of Roop's defense strategy by looking at what he told Police just after the shooting. According to the affadavit he says when he spoke with Rainey the salesman made him feel, "more than a little nervous" and Rainey "had something in his hand."
Roop told Police Rainey was being "antogonistic" and he told Police he was in fear and shot Rainey as he was coming toward him. And when Police asked Roop why he shot Rainey when he was on the ground Roop said "for effect" and he didn't want Rainey to have "the chance to do something to me."
We asked Roop's lawyer if these comments were accurate.
"The investigation was incomplete and we're more confident going forward that we are going to learn more and more about what happened here that has not been brought to the public's attention," said Musca.
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