One Dead, Two in Custody After Attempted Home Invasion

They suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Homeowner Reportedly Shoots Burglar

According to [Crawford County Sheriff Darin] Layman, deputies responded to the home around 4 a.m. The homeowner said someone had tried to force entry into his residence. Fearing for his life, he fired a weapon at the subject. The subject fled the residence in an unknown vehicle.

About 45 minutes later, deputies and an ambulance service responded to a local gas station where a man was reported to have a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead. The 2 people he was with are in custody.

So did they drive around for 45 minutes waiting for their friend to die, and only called for help when it was too late to do any good?

In more cynical moments I would have titled this post something like “Self-defense hat trick.”

My guess is that will be another instance of people who didn’t know that they can be hit with felony murder charges, because someone died as a result of a crime they were committing. (Though I honestly don’t know what the Missouri law is like.)

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0.

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One thought on “One Dead, Two in Custody After Attempted Home Invasion

  1. In Missouri, such is classed as “Second Degree Murder”.
    Here are the pertinent Missouri laws. Basically 10 to 30 Years, or Life.
    Missouri Revised Statutes:

    565.021. 1. A person commits the offense of murder in the second degree if he or she:
    (1) Knowingly causes the death of another person or, with the purpose of causing serious physical injury to another person, causes the death of another person; or
    (2) Commits or attempts to commit any felony, and, in the perpetration or the attempted perpetration of such felony or in the flight from the perpetration or attempted perpetration of such felony, another person is killed as a result of the perpetration or attempted perpetration of such felony or immediate flight from the perpetration of such felony or attempted perpetration of such felony.
    2. The offense of murder in the second degree is a class A felony,
    and the punishment for second degree murder shall be in addition to the punishment for commission of a related felony or attempted felony, other than murder or manslaughter.
    3. Notwithstanding section 556.046 and section 565.029, in any charge of murder in the second degree, the jury shall be instructed on, or, in a jury-waived trial, the judge shall consider, any and all of the subdivisions in subsection 1 of this section which are supported by the evidence and requested by one of the parties or the court.

    558.011. 1. The authorized terms of imprisonment, including both prison and conditional release terms, are:
    (1) For a class A felony, a term of years not less than ten years and not to exceed thirty years, or life imprisonment;

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