Yet the sister of the 19-year-old who was killed says Turk shot him in the back and deserves prison.
"He shot a kid in the back. He's a traitor, he's a coward," said Alexandra Asli, his older sister.
Asli, who was shot dead in the street outside the jewelry store, had been convicted 14 times in juvenile court, according to Eric Bedos, the Nice prosecutor.
Bedos defended his decision to bring preliminary charges Friday against Turk, whose gun he said was not legal. The voluntary homicide charge is similar to a second-degree murder charge or voluntary manslaughter.
"After he was threatened, the jeweler grabbed his firearm, moved toward the metal shutters, crouched and fired three times. He said he fired twice to immobilize the scooter and a third time he fired because he said he felt threatened," Bedos told the media.
"I'm convinced that he fired to kill his aggressor. When he fired, his life was no longer in danger," the prosecutor said.
Valls acknowledged the frustration of jewelers, saying armed robberies of their businesses had been climbing steadily for years.
"We understand the exasperation and anger of the merchants," he said. "Those who rob must know that there is no impunity and they will be pursued relentlessly."
Castellacci said the Asli family would be satisfied if the jeweler were jailed ahead of trial, justice was done, and people stopped gloating over the 19-year-old's death.
"They don't understand how people can react this way. They haven't yet buried Anthony, and there's this protest. And the jeweler is still free."
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