Stupid Criminal of the Day (and his VERY unlucky partner)

There are rules of safe gun-handling, and they are there for a reason. This guy needs a refresher course. Tulsa police: Suspected burglar shot his alleged partner in crime

So they thought it would be a good idea to rob a house. (A very modest house by the look of things.) But someone was home when they tried to break-in.

Police say the homeowner’s girlfriend was at the house when she heard someone breaking into a back window.

They say she armed herself and started yelling that she was calling 911.

As the two miscreants were beating a hasty retreat, one guy decided it would be a good idea to fire a shot at the house. For spite? Who knows. But he ended up shooting his luckless buddy in the arm. The shot hit an artery.

The wounded guy showed up at a hospital. He will be arrested after he has recovered from his surgery. The cops are still looking for the idiot with the gun, though one would think the guy who got shot might want some revenge.

All the intended victim had to do was arm herself, call 911, and announce what she was doing to make these guys think that they picked the wrong house. If the idiot hadn’t shot his partner, this story would probably have never made the news, because what would the reporter say? How would they paint a picture of guns as dangerous things if no one got hurt?

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Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

An AR-15 is used for self-defense. The haters of black-rifles say that never happens. Sand Springs homeowner opens fire on intruders; 1 dead, 1 in custody | KTUL

Police say two men tried to break into the home, but the homeowner opened fire on the suspects with an AR-15 style rifle.

One would-be bad-guy is dead, the other is in custody.

Police interviewed the homeowner, but he was not detained. That is because Self-defense is a Human-right.

Judge Released Him on Probation 11 Days Before He Raped and Killed

JusticeI started this post 3 days ago, and couldn’t decide if I thought it was really an interesting story. But I keep seeing it pop up in new places, so it must be of interest to some. Prosecutor argued for detainment, but judge released Tulsa teen on probation 11 days before slaying of teacher, rape of elderly woman.

Deonte Green appeared in juvenile court less than two weeks before he is alleged to have raped an 81-year-old woman and killed a Broken Arrow teacher in a robbery attempt, with the judge releasing the teen on probation despite prosecutor concerns that he would “hurt or kill a homeowner.”

Green is 16-years-old, so his case is tried in Juvenile Court. Which does impact the rules.

The latest place I’ve seen this story: Oklahoma Teen Released on Probation Days Before Slaying | US News

“One of my main concerns about Deonte was that he continued to break into people’s homes and, not steal televisions or game consoles, but instead always zeroed in on firearms,” [Assistant District Attorney Julianne] Burton wrote. “I argued that Deonte was either going to be shot by a homeowner rightfully protecting their home and family or that he was going to hurt or kill a homeowner he came across.”

It seems wrong that the system knew this person, Green, was a danger to the community, and that they couldn’t do anything about it. But maybe that is the price we pay for living in a free society. We can’t just lock up whoever the DA thinks should be locked up.

Getaway Driver Charged with Murder Because Intruders Killed During Crime

JusticeThe lawyers in different parts of the country like to come up with different names, but most non-lawyers call this Felony Murder. Broken Arrow Man Who Shot Three Teens During Break-In Testifies

He was home taking a nap, when breaking glass and a slamming door woke him up. He grabbed his father’s semiautomatic rifle. He found 3 masked people in the kitchen.

He shot the suspect closest to him first and then says he worked his way across the room, until all three intruders had been shot. One suspect ran out of the house, Peters says that is when he locked himself in his bedroom to call 911.

All three suspects died at the scene.

Elizabeth Rodriguez was involved in the crime in that she was driving the car that delivered the 3 men to their deaths, and was waiting to drive them away.

A judge ordered Elizabeth Rodriguez to stand trial for three counts of murder. Prosecutors say she drove three young men to break into a Wagoner County home. All three were shot and killed by the homeowner’s son, Zach Peters on March 27, 2017.

Oklahoma has a version of the Castle Doctrine, that I believe is known as Make My Day, after that famous Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry Callahan quote. The guy who actually did the shooting wasn’t charged because self-defense is a human-right.

He Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

He thought it might be a good idea to break in to a particular house. He thought wrong. TCSO: Homeowner shoots man during attempted break-in – KJRH.com

So how would you respond to someone trying to break in to your home, when your children were asleep? Remember, you don’t know what this bad-guy has in mind.

Authorities say the 33-year-old suspect was found about 300 yards from the home and the homeowner shot him at least twice.

Cops found multiple firearms outside the home, that they believe belong to the would-be bad-guy. So how many firearms are required for burglary?

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

In Oklahoma it is Make My Day

Also known as the Castile Doctrine. Man deemed justified in fatal shooting of teenager attempting to break into home | KOKH

So how would you react to someone trying to break into your home at 4AM?

When the homeowner opened the door, the 16-year-old miscreant rushed him, with what later proved to be a framing hammer. Luckily the homeowner had armed himself with a shotgun, and fired one shot. The would-be-bad guy was found dead in the driveway.

“Any person who makes a conscious decision to commit this type of crime should take take note that homeowners have the legal right to protect themselves,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

Self-defense is a Human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Convict Someone – even if it isn’t the right person

22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Thanks to police who didn’t care about the truth. Lawsuit: Police Used Coercion and Hid Evidence to Wrongfully Convict Seven of Murder

This story from Tulsa, Oklahoma is worthy of shenanigans in Chicago.

[Detective Mike] Huff visited the actual killer, Michael Lee Wilson, one day after the Summers shooting. The cop found Wilson with the murder weapon and getaway vehicle used to kill Summers—yet Huff did not consider Wilson a main suspect.

Actually I don’t know how to interpret this. A homicide detective finds a guy with the murder weapon and the getaway vehicle and he isn’t tagged as a prime suspect. My initial guess is that he is just too lazy to change his theory based on the evidence – or too in love with his theory – to change it.

The Criminal Justice System, whatever else it is, is a system that is concerned about winning and losing and other percentages. It is less interested in justice. (Cops and lawyers don’t have their reviews based on the amount of Justice they’ve been a part of.)

At a 2016 evidentiary hearing, Price was asked whether he ever saw anyone in the vehicle during the drive-by.

“No, I didn’t, which is what I was trying to tell the police all along, you know, and they pretty much coerced us into saying [Scott and Carpenter were in the vehicle]… tell us to say we seen it even if we didn’t see it,” Price testified.

“Heavily prompting” a witness to tell the story you want doesn’t seem like good police work.

The article goes on to detail several cases where evidence was misplaced, witnesses who disagree with the primary theory of a case were ignored (why clutter the issue with facts?) and other examples of a sort of Truth-be-damned approach to getting convictions. Pressure was high to get convictions. (Gotta make the people FEEL safe. Whether or not they actually are is irrelevant.)