A Mother Defends Herself and Her Child from Home Invaders

The suffered a failure of the victim-selection process. And how. Suspect indicted for murder after alleged accomplice is killed during home invasion

The homeowner told police she had shot Evans because she was home alone with her baby when he kicked in the side (rear) door of the residence.

According to police, 18-year-old Christopher Gould was with Evans when the incident occurred, and he has been indicated by a Franklin County Grand Jury on multiple charges including: murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

This happened some time ago, but it is worth revisiting. First because it is a story of a mother defending her offspring. It is also a classic case of armed self-defense doing exactly what it should, but it is also an illustration of felony murder.

There was an article or an NPR news piece or something recently about how people don’t understand the concept of felony murder. The guy who got indicted didn’t kill anyone, but he was engaged in a felony – more than one – when someone got shot. He has responsibility for his actions and the consequences. It isn’t hard to foresee bad things happening. It isn’t a stretch to assume you might encounter an armed homeowner.

In any event this is a story of Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

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