http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/local_news/epaper/2007/06/21/w3b_borden_0621.html They talk about the "Castle Doctrine" but it seems to have more to do with the "Stand Your Ground Doctrine". It will be interesting to see how it turns out. Man who survived shooting testifies By LARRY KELLER Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Thursday, June 21, 2007 WEST PALM BEACH The sole survivor after Norman Borden fired 14 shots into a Jeep carrying three men who almost ran him over admitted Wednesday that the men had intended to "rough him up a little bit." After Borden emptied his 9 mm handgun wounding Juan Mendez, now 21, and killing his cousin Christopher Araujo, 19, and a friend, reputed gang leader Saul Trejo, 21 Borden spoke to them, Mendez said in the first day of testimony in Borden's trial. Witness Juan Mendez points to a map held by Assistant State Attorney Craig Williams, during the first day of testimony in the Norman Borden first degree murder trial in West Palm Beach. The man he knew as Buddy "was saying 'you guys think you're bad, you're not so bad anymore,' " Mendez, the first witness, testified. Borden, 44, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and two other felonies. He contends he acted in self-defense and that Florida's "Castle Doctrine" law, which expands one's right to self-defense to include shooting a person in a public place, applies to him. Borden was walking his four dogs in October when the confrontation occurred. Testimony began amid tight security. Trial spectators were subjected to a thorough search. Two or three jurors expressed concern because they weren't escorted to lunch. Judge William Berger, at the behest of the sheriff's office, did not tell jurors publicly where they would be picked up and dropped off. At the end of the day and with the jury gone, lawyers argued for 55 minutes over a motion by Public Defender Carey Haughwout to prohibit the media from publishing names, addresses or photos of jurors for the duration of the trial because of concerns about potential gang retribution should Borden be acquitted. Palm Beach Post attorney Martin Reeder called the suggestion "drastic" and said the newspaper and other media don't identify jurors during a trial "unless a particular juror becomes involved in some newsworthy event." Berger denied Haughwout's motion. If Borden is acquitted, he will be the first defendant in Palm Beach County to succeed under the Castle Doctrine. In the hours before the incident, Mendez and Araujo watched the movie Scarface and drank "a couple of 12-packs" of beer, Mendez said. Sometime after 2 a.m., they and Michael Garcia, the brother of Araujo's fiancee, heard voices down the street, Mendez said. The three got in Araujo's Jeep to investigate because they didn't think anybody else should be on Araujo's street. They saw Borden and a friend walking the dogs, made a U-turn and yelled taunts as they drove close to him, Mendez said. Araujo became enraged when Borden kicked the passenger door of his Jeep as it passed close by, he said. The group returned to Araujo's apartment, dropped off Garcia, 13, and went to the nearby house of Trejo. "(Borden) was a pretty big guy. We probably needed another person if we were going to rough him up a little bit," Mendez said. Trejo was the local leader of a national violent street gang known as Sur 13, authorities say. Mendez was shot several times in both legs by Borden. Araujo was shot seven times in the face. Trejo was killed by a single shot that pierced his heart. Borden probably thought Araujo who was at the wheel of the Jeep was trying to run him over, Mendez conceded. Borden began shooting at him and the others through the Jeep's windshield, Mendez testified. From there, in what "seemed instant," Borden went around to the driver's side and kept firing, he said. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!