Ex-NBA Player Adreian Payne Was Shot and Killed Trying to Mediate a Dispute Between Lawrence Dority and His Girlfriend – BlackSportsOnline
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Ex-NBA Player Adreian Payne Was Shot and Killed Trying to Mediate a Dispute Between Lawrence Dority and His Girlfriend

Most people in life try to do the right things.

When you see wrongdoing your natural instinct is to go try and help. You have to be real careful with that these days because people will kill you for trying to intervene in their personal business.  Adreian Payne’s life was lost according to the police for trying to help a woman who was allegedly being abused by her boyfriend.

It was just another senseless death that didn’t need to happen.

Former Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida, early Monday while trying to help a woman engaged in a domestic dispute, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Lawrence Dority, 29, pleaded not guilty after being arrested on a first-degree murder warrant in the shooting. Court documents filed in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation state that Payne and his girlfriend, whose name was redacted in the report, went to the home of Dority at the request of Dority’s girlfriend, Tatiana Mesa.

Payne’s girlfriend said Mesa had called her to intervene in past disputes with Dority to “prevent any physical violence.”

Payne and his girlfriend were parked near the home of Dority, who arrived with his father in his father’s car. Dority, per witnesses, approached Payne near his vehicle.

Dority is claiming it was self-defense, but Payne didn’t have a gun, and witnesses at the scene said he posed no threat to Dority.

Dority and witnesses offer different accounts of what happened next. Dority, who is 5-foot-8, told authorities he felt threatened by 6-10 Payne because of his size and claimed Payne told him, “I’ll smoke you, brah” during an argument. He said Payne started to reach for what he thought was a weapon before Dority walked into his residence, retrieved a gun and fired the single shot that killed Payne.

No firearms were found in Payne’s vehicle.

Payne’s girlfriend told authorities that Payne did not pose a threat to Dority and that they showed up only to play “mediator.” Another witness said Payne did not make any “threatening motions” toward Dority. Through video and audio captured of the incident, Payne’s girlfriend can be heard telling Dority, “do not pull your gun out” and “we were asked to come here” before Dority fired his weapon.

Dority’s father got out of his car and tried to help Payne, who died at a hospital an hour after the incident. Dority called 911 and claimed an intruder had attacked him, per court documents. “This man tried coming to my house, he cut around my block and he tried shooting me,” he told dispatchers.

Dority is claiming it was self-defense, but Payne didn’t have a gun, and witnesses at the scene said he posed no threat to Dority.

Dority was charged with 1st-degree murder and is still behind bars where he belongs.

Flip the page for the cops talking about the shooting.

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