Adreian Payne was killed while trying to help a woman involved in a violent relationship with his alleged shooter, according to court documents.
The former Michigan State and NBA player was pronounced dead at a hospital in Orlando after being shot early Monday morning. He was 31 years old. His suspected shooter Lawrence Dority remained at the scene of the shooting and cooperated with police. Dority pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder with a firearm.
Alleged details emerge from the scene of Payne’s shooting
According to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press, Payne went to Dority’s house early Monday morning with her boyfriend at the request of Dority’s boyfriend. Payne’s girlfriend told authorities she “has previously reacted to being a mediator to prevent any physical violence” between Dority and his girlfriend.
Dority, meanwhile, told police his father had dropped him off at his Orlando residence when he saw an unknown car parked at a nearby intersection. According to documents, Dority told the Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies that he approached the car to find Payne and his girlfriend inside.
Conflicting accounts from suspected shooter, witness
Dority’s father watched from his car and told police that Payne and his son started “talking closely” while Payne remained in his vehicle and that his son “appeared to be intimidated based on the size difference and [his son’s] attitude. “Payne was 6-foot-10 and 244 pounds, while Dority is 5-8 and 150 pounds.
Dority told police that Payne told him “I smoke you brah” and that he observed “the shape of a gun” while “making movements with his right hand in the right side of his waistband.” Per Dority, it made him pick up his gun from inside his house and shoot Payne.
A witness told police that Payne “did not threaten Dority in any way.” Payne’s girlfriend told police that Payne did not pose a threat. A camera and a microphone at the scene recorded a woman pleading with Dority, “do not pull out your gun,” and “we were asked to come here,” according to the statement.
Dority claimed self-defense
Dority then reportedly fired a single shot at Payne before retiring to his house. Dority’s father told police he approached Payne in an attempt to provide medical care to find him in the driver’s seat of the car. According to court documents, Dority called 911 and told police he shot Payne in self-defense.
“This man was trying to get to my house, he was cutting around my block and he was trying to shoot me,” Dority told the 911 sender, according to the documents. … “He behaved as if he was getting a gun and I shot him.”
Florida has a stand-your-ground law that says the following:
“A person who is not involved in an illegal activity and who is attacked anywhere else he or she has the right to be has no obligation to withdraw and has the right to stand up and appear power with power, i.a. lethal force if he or she reasonably considers it necessary to do so in order to prevent death or major bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a felony. “
Police did not find a gun on Payne’s person or in his car and determined that Payne “did not pose an immediate threat” to Dority, according to documents. Dority was charged with murder after undergoing questioning at a police station.
Payne starred in four seasons at Michigan State, where he was twice named to the All-Big Ten second team and helped the Spartans to an Elite Eight race as a senior. He was No. 15 in the 2014 NBA Draft of the Atlanta Hawks and played three seasons in the league that included stays with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic. He was fondly remembered by his former coaches and teammates, including Tom Izzo and Draymond Green, after the news of his death on Monday.