Self-defense and Felony Murder

The lesson about felony murder may eventually be learned. After their suspected robbery accomplice was killed, 2 are charged with murder in Madison | AL.com

It goes by different names in different jurisdictions, but when a felony leads to murder, it is usually available to prosecutors.

Although police believe the robbery victim was the shooter, Alabama law allows accomplices to be charged with murder in such cases.

Three guys attempt robbery. Their intended victim is armed and defends himself. One ends up dead. The other two are charged with robbery and murder.

Investigation continues…

Felony Murder

It goes by different names in different jurisdictions. But it is usually an option for prosecutors. Homeowner shoots burglar, other burglar charged with murder

“If you are participating in a felony and someone is injured or killed in the participation of that felony, even if it’s one of your buddies or co-conspirators, you can be charged with that assault or death,” Martha Earnhardt, a spokeswoman with the Montgomery Department of Public Safety, said Friday.

The two miscreants were armed that night in June, but so was the homeowner. One of the miscreants is dead; the other charged with murder.

Can’t charge the homeowner as he as engaged in lawful self-defense.

“I didn’t want to have to kill ’em”

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For him, the last 24-hours have been almost unreal, and it all started with a tap on his door.

“I walked right here to open the door, and that’s when he shot me right there. They cut loose on me, and that’s when I went to the cabinet here and back behind the coffee was an old time pistol,” said Irving. “I opened the door and smoked ’em.”

Cops are still looking of the getaway driver, but the two men and one woman who came to the door to rob him are in custody. (After having spent some time in the hospital.)

They are lucky he didn’t harbor them more ill will.

“I tried not to shoot any of them in the chest. I didn’t want to have to kill ’em.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

They Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

They picked the wrong guy to rob, a 62-yr-old veteran of America’s armed forces. UPDATE: MCSO Identifies Three Suspects In Home Invasion | WKRG

They tried to invade his home before, and they told him not to report the incident to police. He reported the incident to police. So this time they showed up and fired weapons through his door. He was hit, but returned fire.

[Captain Paul] Burch [of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office] says a preliminary investigation suggests that two of the suspects were able to escape with their injuries and drive away in a getaway vehicle. They ended up at the Dollar General on Dauphin Island Parkway, where the first crime scene developed (as seen below on WKRG Facebook Live).

The third home invasion suspect was taken into custody near the home on Thomas Road.

The 2 collapsed at that Dollar General. Cops are still looking for the getaway driver.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

A couple of home invaders are in police custody. Robber shot by homeowner

So you find someone in your home at 3AM, what do you do?

The homeowner confronted the robber, according to reports.

“He told him to ‘get out, I’ve got a gun,'” the sheriff said. “Apparently, the robber told the homeowner he had a gun also, and they started exchanging gunfire.”

They exchanged at least a dozen shots. The would-be bad-guy was shot 3 times.

The guy who got shot and his girlfriend ran and hid in a wooded area, where they were found by a K-9 unit. He is in the hospital. She is in lockup.

Oh and – surprise! – the gun the bad guy had was stolen. So no, he didn’t pass a background check!

So How Should a 79-year-old React to a Home Invader?

In this case he had a firearm, and he defended himself. Burglary suspect shot dead by 79-year-old Center Point homeowner

[The homeowner] told authorities that he was awakened by a noise from his basement and later discovered two people had broken into his house through a window. Croft said he grabbed a gun and shot at the suspects after confronting them at the top of his stairs.

He shot one of the bad-guys inside the basement. The other ran. When he went into his front yard, that 2nd guy shot him in the ankle. A third person was waiting in a car, and the 2 drove off.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Neighbors Were Shocked

They were shocked to discover that they live in the Real World™ and not in some idyllic fantasy land. Man shot three times in ‘quiet’ West Mobile neighborhood – WBRC FOX6 News – Birmingham, AL

It was a quiet neighborhood, where “nothing like that” happens. Because as far as the residents were concerned, crime is something that “happens in other kinds of places, to other kinds of people.” Turns out they were wrong.

A guy was shot 3 times and left in a driveway. (He has non-life-threatening injuries.)

“I said, what’s going on? And they said, someone was shot. I said, you have got to be kidding me…because nothing like that happens in this neighborhood,” says [the clueless neighbor].

Here is a hint: If you can read this, then you life in the Real World™ and not in Mayberry nor in Pleasantville. And in the Real World, bad things can happen, eve to good people, even in nice neighborhoods.