Texas Governor Greg Abbott stirred controversy when he announced on social media that he would pardon Army Sgt. Daniel Perry,
The announcement came just a day after a Texas jury convicted Perry of murder,
Family of Daniel Perry
Perry claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot the protester, Garrett Foster, who was carrying an AK-47 rifle at the time.
The decision to pardon Perry has been met with criticism, as Abbott lacks the authority to issue a pardon
Abbott made the announcement on social media less than 24 hours after Perry's conviction.
The jury found Perry guilty of murder but not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Perry faces up to life in prison, and his sentencing is expected to take place soon.
Perry's defense team argued that he acted in self-defense
Mother of Daniel Perry
Foster’s brother, Ryan Foster, said he didn't think Perry should be pardoned, stating that Perry wanted to kill a protester
Fiance of Garrett Foster