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Self-defense? Trial for Taco Bell shooting suspect starts next month

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Jude Cordell Jude Cordell
Daniel Adkins Daniel Adkins

It's been called the "reverse Trayvon Martin" case.

A Hispanic man dead, shot and killed in the parking lot of a south Phoenix Taco Bell. The shooter is black. He told police he only shot in self-defense.

Still, a grand jury indicted Jude Cordell on 2nd degree murder charges. His trial will start next month.

Cordell is facing 2nd degree murder charges, but this entire time he's been out of jail.

Jude Cordell is on supervised released as he waits for trial. He's accused of killing 29-year-old Daniel Adkins at a Phoenix Taco Bell. Cordell says it was self-defense. Adkins' family believes he was murdered.

"I want him behind bars. I want him to pay for this," says Marina Reyes, Adkins' sister.

Adkins was developmentally disabled. Last year, he was walking his yellow lab, Lady, down the street. Cordell was pulling out of the Taco Bell drive-thru and almost ran over Adkins. Adkins allegedly hit the car and yelled at Cordell. That's when Cordell says he feared for his life and pulled out a gun and shot Adkins.

Police didn't arrest Cordell after the shooting. But four months later, a grand jury indicted him.

"If he felt that my brother was threatening him he could have easily just rolled up the window and called the cops," says Reyes.

One of the conditions of Cordell's release was once-a-month drug testing. According to court paperwork, Cordell failed a drug test in May. But he wasn't sent back to jail. He was ordered to take weekly drug tests instead.

Cordell's trial is less than 4-weeks away. It's been almost year and a half since the shooting.

"I forgave him for what he did. It's hard for a father to do but if I hate somebody I'm just as bad as he is," says Daniel Adkins, Sr.

Cordell is also on 18-month probation stemming from another arrest for possession of marijuana.

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