Raybin & Weissman, P.C. Secure Not Guilty Verdict for Security Guard Accused of Second-Degree Murder
NASHVILLE, August 18, 2023 - Nashville law firm Raybin & Weissman, P.C., is pleased to announce that firm attorneys David and Ben Raybin secured a not-guilty verdict on behalf of security guard Nathan Glass, who was accused of second-degree murder. This outcome reflects the firm’s commitment to defending the rights of the wrongfully accused and obtaining the best possible outcome in each case they handle.
The case revolved around whether Glass was justified in firing at a man engaged in a shootout near The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden, where Glass was employed as a security guard. In October 2018, Glass shot 25-year-old Deangelo Knox during an exchange of gunfire with individuals in a car outside The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden, where customers were enjoying their meals.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that Knox was on foot and fleeing attackers in a car when Glass, from inside the restaurant, shot him as he turned toward the establishment. Glass’ defense contended that he acted in line with his security guard duties, protecting himself and others. They pointed out that the surveillance footage was unclear and didn’t fully capture the situation from Glass’ perspective. Glass’ defense also challenged Knox’s portrayal as a shootout victim, noting that one of Knox’s companions was later convicted of killing Knox’s friend in a separate incident.
Following hours of deliberation, the jury cleared Glass of the second-degree murder charge and all lesser charges. Prosecutors had tried to paint Glass as a murderer, but the jury sided with Glass’ defense arguments.
Firm attorneys David and Ben Raybin worked alongside Franklin-based attorney David Veile as co-counsel.
“Five years ago, the correct decision was made not to charge Mr. Glass,” stated David Raybin in his conversation with The Tennessean on Friday. “He was then charged with murder. Today’s verdict is a vindication of Nathan Glass and assistant district attorney Pam Anderson.”
Reflecting on the outcome, Raybin added, “I believe that Mr. Glass and his family are grateful for the verdict and recognize the diligent efforts of the jury, who clearly dedicated significant attention to the case. I think the jury’s decision acknowledges the importance of armed security guards in establishments like restaurants, churches, and schools. The jury concluded that Mr. Glass was fulfilling his duty to protect the individuals present in the store.”
Raybin also revealed that Pam Anderson was dismissed from her position after she chose not to pursue charges against Glass. According to Raybin, Glass was acting to safeguard the patrons of The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden.
Raybin & Weissman, P.C., led by partners David Raybin, Ben Raybin, and David Weissman, is a Nashville law firm that practices in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, social security disability, and civil rights claims related to excessive use of force. Interested parties can schedule a free consultation with one of the firm’s attorneys by calling them at (615) 256-6666 or contacting them online.