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My nephew Tolga is in jail trying to fight his self defense case and win his freedom. He needs help for a fair retrial with an experienced defense lawyer. Please, help us to have his freedom back.

My name is Hulya, my family and I am asking for help for my nephew Tolga.

Tolga moved to Arizona from New Jersey when he was 21years.He began working full time and was happy. His happiness did not last long, when he was 22 years old, Tolga charged with aggravated assault by using a handgun to shoot his former roommate Cody in the chest. Tolga defended his former girlfriend Jenny and himself from his assaultive roommate. Tolga and his former girlfriend, Jenny were renting a room with the use of rest of the house from Cody in Arizona for approximately four months prior the shooting incident on August 15, 2015.

Now, Tolga is 24 years old young man and caught up in the webs of our judicial system. He recently completed a 13 days jury trial on the charge of aggravated assault, but his trial was declared mistrial after the 8 jurors were deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict.

Tolga is facing mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison if he is convicted. His case has been set for retrial on June 26, 2017, at which time the same prosecutors (Sponsel and Hart) will be representing the prosecution and trying to convict Tolga again at the second trial.

The first trial fee agreement with his defense lawyer was $1,500 a day and we have not paid him any money at this time, also the trial fee will be $1,500 a day for the second trial. My family and I are unable to pay this amount.

We, his few closest family members, are making a plea to you anyone who has ever fallen on hard times, or felt like you were depleted and defeated, and saw no light at the end of the tunnel to help us help him secure a proper defense attorney so he has a fighting chance for a fair retrial to prove his innocence and win his freedom back. Tolga has two good defenses: first, that it was an accident that shot his roommate, and second, that it was reasonable self-defense and defense of this former girlfriend Jenny. The members of the first jury that voted not guilty agreed that the state had failed to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. At the second trial, we expect that the defense attorney will be able to provide and argue that Cody assault upon Tolga and Jenny prior to the shooting justified deadly force against him.

We have been fighting long and hard, unfortunately it has taken its toll on all of us, both financially and emotionally. We have been supporting him since this devastated incident and continue to support him.

Tolga is an all-around fun loving young man with a heart of gold who would never hurt anyone or anything. He was able to overcome less than perfect times during his younger years, but he made it through and grew into a smart and artistic adult, spending his time expressing his creativity through his art, poetry and music.  

It is one of the most difficult and even embarrassing to ask anyone’s support, however we are humbly reaching out to anyone who can relate on some level, and find it in their hearts to make a donation- no amount is too small. We understand that everyone has their own setbacks and dilemmas, so if you cannot contribute financially, we are absolutely open to any and all spiritual or emotional support and good vibes. 

All funds raised for Tolga will be used for his legal fees and expenses.

Please consider making a donation to help us help our loved one. We are most grateful and we thank you so much.

Hulya and family

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