Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Richland County man who shot and killed an innocent bystander during an altercation involving his daughter won't be prosecuted.
A judge decided Shannon Scott is immune from prosecution under South Carolina's "Stand Your Ground" law.
"What happened in 2010 is just a tragedy all the way around," said Rep. Todd Rutherford, who also represented Mr. Scott in the case.
In the early morning hours of April 17, 2010, Scott shot and killed Darrel Niles, 17, after Niles followed two cars to the residence of Mr. Scott.
"These were people that had followed his daughter home from the club," Rutherford said. "Both cars. When they swung into the driveway, [Shannon Scott] is standing in the front yard, he sees both cars go by, and now they're coming at him from separate directions."
"He ascertained the threat and he reacted."
Court records say shots were fired in the direction of the home, and that's when Scott shot back.
"In firing at them, [Scott] also fired at a second car which had fired at them as well," Rutherford said. "killing an individual who was not armed."
Rutherford said his clients acs were justified under those circumstances, and a judge agreed granting Scott immunity under South Carolina's "Stand Your Ground" laws.
"Who better to defend the law than someone who helped to write it?" Rutherford questioned when asked if he felt there was a conflict of interest in him defending Shannon Scott.
Rutherford played a key part in writing the law as a member of the House Judiciary Committee that examined the legislation in 2006, Rutherford said.
"Because part of this was figuring out what legislative intent was," said Rutherford. "I can tell you what legislative intent was because it was discussed several times, and I was in on those very discussions."
University of South Carolina Law Professor Colin Miller said this case showed that "Stand Your Ground" laws in South Carolina should be re-examined, at the very least.
"I think if you look at it from the perspective of the father, he did have reason to believe his life was at risk, that his daughter's life was at risk," Miller said. "So therefore, as the law was written, there's really not much the prosecution could have done."
"The law should be expanded as such that if an innocent bystander is killed, the defendant should at least face trial, and not be immune from prosecution," Miller said.
A representative for 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson said his office has appealed the decision granting Shannon Scott immunity.
It was appealed to the state's Supreme Court, the representative said.