Daniel Adkins Murdered by Cordell Jude
Jude had the ability to flee, being in a car. He chose to "stand his ground" and kill a man. Was it necessary for Adkins to die because he took a swing at the man with no evidence the blow made a connection? No, it was a choice.
Taco Bell Shooting of 2012
Daniel Adkins, a 29-year-old unarmed and a mentally slow but lucid male was walking his dog along Baseline Road in Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona at night when a couple pulled out of the drive-thru of a Taco Bell restaurant.
An exchange occurred between the driver Cordell Jude, who sat with his pregnant passenger, and Daniel Adkins after the driver almost ran him down, ending with a shot to Adkins body that ended his life around 7:30 PM AZT (10:30 EST) on April 4, 2012. Cordell Jude called the police and remained at the scene. No arrest was initially made.
Adkins is a White Hispanic male. Jude is a Black 22-year-old man. Does this compare in a topsy-turvy way to the Zimmerman-Martin situation?
It does in that an unarmed person was shot in both cases and the Stand Your Ground law has been referenced to keep the shooters free on both accounts. It is similar in that two minorities engaged in activity that ended up with one death, the unarmed one.
It does in that both victims of both cases were walking along minding their own business until a gun was pulled, and both shooters claim self-defense.
Zimmerman verses Jude's Responses
- Zimmerman followed Martin.
- Zimmerman claims Martin swung at him and bashed his head--with bruising.
- Zimmerman waited too late to stop following Martin before a confrontation ensued.
- Zimmerman did stop following Martin I stress.
- It was too late because Martin had already decided to confront Zimmerman,
- Zimmerman, a private citizen's name was hefted in the news long before he was charged on April 11, 2012? Not good.
- Zimmerman was set free.
- Jude decided not to pull off while in his car after nearly running Adkins down!
- Jude claims he was attacked by flying fist and a stick--no bruising.
- Jude could have driven away from the scene rather than remain and argue with a man of questionable mental comprehension.
- He did not have to wait until his actions instigated Adkins into punching at him.
- Jude nearly ran Adkins down! I think Adkins was justifiably upset at this.
- Jude was convicted
An important difference between the incidences is a witness. A witness claims that Adkins took a few swings at Jude's window before the shot.
Still, why didn't he just drive away?
No opportunistic race-baiters are heralding Jude's name and comparing him to the devil or Hitler and such.
If the White Nation or the Ku Klux Klan decided to put a capture request on Jude would it be okay?
The president did not speak publicly about Adkins and identify with him personally. And if he did so, who would Adkins be to him? We are still waiting for that presidential statement interfering in Arizona affairs that will never occur!
His girlfriend was in the car with him--a car that could easily have driven away from Adkins.
Jude stated that the dog blocked his car path. Apparently, in Jude's mind, it was better to shoot a person than run over a dog in his mind.
Also, since this story is so similar to Trayvon and George's, why wasn't it being referenced in national news and spewed back at the thousands of people wearing hoodies? Thousands of Hispanics did not do a dog walking demonstration near Taco Bell for Adkins!
Where are Daniel's protests?
He did not need any protesters. His family relied on God and the justice system instead of protesters and the social system. Justice is best served on the knees in as house rather than in the street with a hoodie on.
In My Own Backyard!!!
I cannot say that I am not hurt by this event. It happened in my neighborhood, a middle-class neighborhood. I patronize that very Taco Bell.
I shop at the stores in that area. My children and my wife live here! I would never have thought that one of my neighbors would kill a person over an argument in front of a Taco Bell! It sounds like the punchline of a horrible joke--one I am not willing to hear but has been forced upon me!
Does it matter that the shooter is Black? It does not. Does it matter that Adkins is Hispanic, or should I say White Hispanic--or he was before his life was taken? No, it does not.
Does it matter that Trayvon was Black? That is the real issue. It is okay if it happens to other people, just not a Black person, right?
Double standard is the rule here!
Have we changed from the days where if you have one drop of White blood in you it does not matter, you're not white?
The opposite is true if you are not Black, right? ...one drop and you're Black, eh?
Zimmerman is White because his name is from his father, right?
The fact that he looks like the average Hector Sanchez (John Smith) does not come into play.
Because of this man of Latino heritage by appearance at least, has one White parent, it becomes a Black verses White issue?
My heart is dark America. I feel the tears hot in the back of my sockets trying to appear as I type. I am so hurt by all of this tension in the Black communities and the double standards for justice in America socially and judicially.
I feel I have to defend the White people against Black fueled racism!
It is not OUR turn to be racists bigots who lynch! When will we learn?
Trust the Law
Jude had the ability to flee, being in a car. He chose to "stand his ground" and kill a man. Was it necessary for Adkins to die because he took a swing at the man with no evidence the blow made a connection? No, it was a choice. If anything, Daniel was standing his ground after being attacked with a vehicle.
The Maricopa County Police Department has completed its job.
The family has refuted accusations that this incident was racially motivated and expresses concern that neighbors are speaking of the incident in such terms. The family wants justice.
Jude made a terrible miscalculation that ended the life of a fellow Arizonian. I would like to believe that the justice system is weighing the case of this incident very cautiously because two human lives are directly involved in the outcome. One, Daniel Adkins Jr., is already lost. The other is Cordell Jude's, determined by the People to be worthy of 8 years in prison.
I believe Daniel Adkins's life is worth more than eight years in prison, but I accept the sentence. Lives have already changed because of Daniel's death. My prayer is that bitterness does not enter the hearts of either family.
Do you believe the shooter of Daniel Adkins can use the Stand Your Ground Law to justify his Actions?
- 7% Yes
- 88% No
- 5% Undecided
This poll is now closed to voting.
© 2012 Rodric Anthony