Family defends woman indicted in fatal road rage shooting

February 20, 2013 3:29:00 PM PST
Family members now are coming to the defense of a woman who was indicted after she shot and killed a man during a confrontation on the road last September. The family claims this was a clear case of self-defense.

The woman who fired the gun posted bond late Tuesday night. But right now, some members of the community are questioning whether race politics played any part in this controversial murder indictment.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Crystal Scott's family and supporters gathered demanding justice. They say they want answers now that 23-year-old Scott was just indicted on a murder charge.

"We're thoroughly convinced that Crystal Scott acted in clear self defense and does not deserve to be faced with any charges whatsoever," said Community of Faith Church Bishop James Dixon.

Scott, an African American woman who holds a concealed handgun license, claims she was afraid for her life when she shot Jonathan Ables in September last year.

Back then, Scott told deputies she and Ables pulled into a gas station on FM 1960 after an incident on the road. She claimed Ables was yelling, banging on her car, smashing a window and trying to open her door when she fired her gun.

"Had this been a black male, a white female, most people are doubtful that we would be having this kind of press conference," Dixon said.

Initially, Scott wasn't arrested. And now after five months, some are questioning whether race politics played a factor in the grand jury indictment against her.

"We're in Harris County, Texas, and in a situation like this -- with a white male attacking the vehicle of a black female's vehicle, with evidence of that being the case -- it already begins to smell foul," Dixon said.

Meanwhile, Ables' parents, along with Scott's supporters, say they'll be watching this case closely as it moves to trial.
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