Man accused of killing former NBA player says shooting was ‘justified’

The man accused of killing a former NBA player Monday morning in Orlando remained at the scene and told officers he feared for his life. Officers were called to the 2500 block of Egret Shores Drive around 1:30 am Adreian Payne, 31, was discovered with gunshot wounds and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Lawrence Dority. New documents suggest that Payne and his girlfriend came to the neighborhood at the request of Dority’s girlfriend, which they had done in the past to serve as mediators and prevent any violence. because of his size.” He claimed that Payne said, “I’ll smoke you up, brother,” leading Dority to believe he had a gun. However, investigators say Payne didn’t have a gun, and Dority had to go inside his own house, get a gun, then go out and shoot Payne.”Dority said he was protecting his family and protecting his home. Dority said his actions were justified,” the police report says.Witnesses said at the time of the shooting, Payne was not threatening Dority in any way.Dority has been arrested for first degree murder and housed in the Orange County Jail.

The man accused of killing a former NBA player Monday morning in Orlando remained at the scene and told officers he feared for his life.

Officers were called to the 2500 block of Egret Shores Drive around 1:30 am Adreian Payne, 31, was discovered suffering from gunshot wounds and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Lawrence Dority.

New documents suggest that Payne and his girlfriend came to the neighborhood at the request of Dority’s girlfriend, which they had done in the past to serve as mediators and prevent any violence.

Dority told deputies that Payne got in her face and “was intimidating because of his size.” She claimed that Payne said, “I’ll smoke you up, bro,” leading Dority to believe that she had a gun.

However, investigators say Payne did not have a gun, and Dority had to go into her own home, get a gun, then go out and shoot Payne.

“Dority said she was protecting her family and protecting her home. Dority said her actions were justified,” the police report says.

Witnesses said that at the time of the shooting, Payne was not threatening Dority in any way.

Dority has been arrested for first degree murder and housed in the Orange County Jail.

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