Or actually, what he apparently thought was a Castle Doctrine defense....
Story here locally in Columbus, link to the Columbus Dispatch article...
Just a reminder that the Castle Doctrine that was passed into law does not necessarily give you the right to commit murder just because somebody is in your house, you still need to show that you had a reasonable fear for your life or that of the life of another. I have heard and read way too many people claim, even jokingly, to pull them into the house after you shoot them. Read the law folks, its not that simple.
So you got a dead guy who was 29, a bad guy for sure but unarmed, dead; and this 20 year old "kid" (as you get older you seem to apply that term to older and older people) who is now facing not only a trial and possible 11 years (I doubt any jury
will sentence him to that in this state) but also the knowledge that he
has taken a life. He probably didn't know the law other than what he had casually heard about, and may very well have been in the right, but that doesn't matter in the eyes of the court.
Gun ownership is serious business folks, never forget that fact. Yes, they can be fun (and that is how I use them mostly, recreational and target shooting) but they are always dangerous. Be sure you are ready to learn a bit to go along with ownership to use them responsibly with no legal backlash against yourself. Somebody coming through your door with an ax is one thing, an unarmed man leaving is totally different, as this case shows.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, I am a gun owning citizen much like I suppose most of you are. Its YOUR responsibility to know and follow all applicable laws and regulation for your particular state and locality. I offer up my observations and advice as I see fit based upon my constitutional right to free speech. This is not offered as legal advice your your use. Again, I am not a lawyer.....although I have watched quite a few episodes of Law And Order and the movie A Few Good Men. I did dabble in military law for a while in the S-1 shop while in the military, but that was like saying a meth head dabbles in chemistry....
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